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Submitted by don on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:37pm.
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Yea Frogs! Great job! You brought home the Rose Bowl trophy! You had your big celebration! But another big game is still on the line. And TCU is losing Big Time. Let's talk about the Dignity game.

Let's talk about TCU's incestuous relationship with many of the big players and enablers of the natural gas industry.
Let's talk about how TCU has spent thousands of dirty dollars trying to dress up a dirty industry with lies and deceptions.
Let's talk about the dirty deal TCU made to keep drilling off-campus.
Lets' talk about how TCU puts money ahead of public health and the environment.
Let's talk about how the director of the TCU Energy Institute feeds propaganda to students and school kids about natural gas. read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 6:27pm.

In the summer of 2010 the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) held a special Math/Science program for gifted and talented middle school students, something called the Emerging Scholars Academy. One of the topics available for study was titled:

- To Drill or Not to Drill -

Project Requirements:

1) Answer the question: To Drill or Not to Drill.
2) Scientific evidence to support your answer from at least five sources.
3) Pros and cons of drilling that include economic and environmental impacts.
4) How will your stand help the U.S.
5) If you say "No" to drilling, what is the solution to our energy needs?
6) If you say "Yes" to drilling should there be areas that are off-limits? If so, where? Should there be restrictions and guidelines? If so, what are they? read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Thu, 12/30/2010 - 7:31pm.

2010 was another banner year for Liars, Idiots, Nut-cases and Sinners in Dirty Ol' Town and Dirty Ol' State. Lawlessness ruled the shale as if the "Old West" never went away. What this town needs is a new sheriff.

But there were also a few significant local and national victories to keep hope alive. That hope comes courtesy of a handful of heroes working to save your life. Be sure and give one a hug or at least a check next time you see them.

Herewith, are my personal picks of the top stories and people of 2010, the Cliff Notes version. Hold your nose and dive in:

JANUARY- read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Fri, 12/24/2010 - 11:54am.

My favorite Christmas movie of all time has to be, It's a Wonderful Life, by the great film director, Frank Capra, (1897-1991). Capra was the grand old master of social commentary. His little cautionary tale of troubled George Bailey, played convincingly by Jimmy Stewart, touches the heart if not a nerve in most everyone.

After watching the film again in 2007 I couldn't help but see parallels in George Bailey's nightmare and what was going on in Fort Worth and the Barnett Shale. George's nightmare, of course, was that rich and greedy, Mr. Potter, would take over Bedford Falls and turn it into an immoral and dangerous place called Pottersville. read more of this posting »

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Submitted by don on Thu, 12/16/2010 - 9:56am.
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The natural gas explosion that occurred near Palo Pinto, Texas, at 1:45 am on December 16, 2005, Texas, is kind of like my "Pearl Harbor" or maybe the "Alamo" would be a better metaphor. Palo Pinto was the touchstone that went unheeded.

The explosion "left a crater 250 yards wide and about 30 feet deep", according the local fire chief. Car-size rocks were blasted into the air. The ensuing fire burned over a square mile.

Alas, Texas Railroad Commission officials immediately downplayed the event caused by an industry that got them elected. In turn, the drillers mounted an unprecedented ad campaign that convinced most north Texas mineral owners that Palo Pinto was an aberration, nothing to worry about. read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Sun, 12/12/2010 - 7:45pm.
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Judy Garland first sang this classic Christmas tune in the 1944 MGM musical, Meet Me in St. Louis.

The original lyrics are especially bittersweet for a holiday song, ("... we'll just have to muddle through somehow... ")

But the song warms the heart, nonetheless.

It is in that spirit that I have re-imagined the lyrics to reflect the feelings many of us share. I don't think Judy had gas wells in her backyard in 1944 but if she had, the lyrics might have been something like the ones below. Happy caroling to all you denizens of the shale! read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 11:26am.
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Chesapeake Energy PR czar, Julie Wilson, will join US Rep., Kay Granger, FW Mayor Mike Moncrief and other Earth-raping-methane-gas-kissing "dignitaries" in Wisconsin this Saturday for the christening of the $480 million USS Fort Worth.

Known locally as, "The Most Hated Woman in Fort Worth", Wilson snagged an invite due to her skill at raising money for the commissioning ceremony by polluting vast areas of the USA.

Don't it make you proud of America?

Submitted by don on Wed, 11/03/2010 - 3:06pm.

XTO Energy is City of Fort Worth's Landlord


1. Improperly intimate or interconnected
2. Being so close or intimate as to prevent proper functioning. Ex. "... an incestuous relationship between natural gas producers and local government."

My, my, my. What we got heah in Fort Worth is a case of "kissin' cousins." Look out Hog Jaw, Arkansas. Here we come. Good lawdy Miss Clawdy!!!!!’-cousin-capital-of-america/ read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Mon, 11/01/2010 - 8:39pm.

When asked about the future of environmentalism in 1982, Ed Abbey said, "Well, I think that it has a very good future. The worse the environment gets, the more popular environmentalism becomes... People always get concerned about things they are in danger of losing... though it often comes too late... So I hope we can save what's left."

To "Save what's left" may sound pessimistic but the natural world, especially in Texas, has been eroded to the point that we are defending the little that corporate and industrial development has not yet exploited. We can't recover what is lost but on November 2nd we have an urgent duty to vote in defense of what's left. read more of this posting »

Submitted by don on Sat, 10/23/2010 - 1:08pm.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Rangers are going to the Super Bowl. Big deal. Make that the Ryder's Cup, Final Four, whatever. Here's the real news you can use.

Josh Fox busted out the lumber in 2010 and hit a grand slam with GASLAND, winning the pennant at the Sundance Film Fest. The film takes a swing at gas drillers who keep getting a free pass despite flagrant interference on the base pads.

GASLAND earned a post-season berth on HBO and keeps racking up some amazing stats. Josh even has a shot at a Golden Glove when the Oscar nominations are announced next year. Can the Hall of Fame be far behind? read more of this posting »

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