Gas Drilling for $100.
Jeopardy Clue: "Intelligent life discovered on this city council in the USA."
Jeopardy Answer: "What is not found in Fort Worth, Texas?"
We have a WINNER! (or is that a LOSER?)
Pittsburgh Council wants state moratorium on Marcellus drilling
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
By Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh City Council this morning passed a resolution demanding the state impose a one-year moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling while it considers tighter regulations for the drilling industry.
State Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, has introduced a bill that would require a moratorium on new drilling. Under his bill, existing drilling operations would be allowed to continue. read more of this posting »
J.R. has gone solar!!!
Who woulda' thunk it? The irascible J.R. Ewing of Dallas has cashed out of the oil biz game and jumped into solar. Big time. I would not lie to you.
He's dropped that worn out phrase, "Drill, baby, drill." and replaced it with, "Shine, baby, shine."
What's his motivation? Money, of course. A tiger can't change it's spots! Still, this is good news for clean energy and bad news for planet plunderers like, Aubrey McClendon, Bob Simpson, Mike Moncrief and Rex Tillerson.
Now for the rest of the story.... A few years back, the real life J.R., Larry Hagman, 78, installed what may be the world's largest residential solar array on the roof of his home in Ojai, California. (He even powers his car with solar energy!) read more of this posting »
It's a GASLAND Marathon Moday starting with the Diane Rehm Show, the HBO premiere and finally The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. WOW!
See Josh banter with Jon Stewart, Monday night, June 21, on, The Daily Show on Comedy Central:
Diane Rehm Show website:
Read a great review of GASLAND in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sunday edition:
In April, 2010, Radio France International sent reporter, Murielle Paradon, to north Texas to tape interviews for a report on natural gas in the Barnett Shale, or as they say in France, "le gaz de schist."
Why would people in France be interested in the Barnett? In January, Total, the French energy giant acquired 25% of Chesapeake Energy's Barnett shale assets for 2.25 billion. Total said it is "conscious of the environment impact and is confident in Chesapeake's ability to contain any damage." I wouldn't bet the chateau on that, Francois. read more of this posting »
Tarrant County (Fort Worth) also has the highest concentration of gas wells in the Barnett Shale. Wise County (just to the NW) may be a close second.
Sweet Spot or Dead Zone? Depends on your point of view and the size of your acreage. Or is it the size of your investments in dirty energy?
There is nothing arbitrary about breathing clean air, is there Mayor Moncrief?
Type in your town and start having fun!
Don't call Wilma Subra a modern-day Erin Brockovich. It's more like the opposite. Nothing against Erin B., but Wilma was crusading for the environment when Erin was still in law school.
She still is.
She is also very popular lately as oil and gas production has spread across the USA. Using her knowledge and expertise of the toxic chemicals involved in O&G production she is helping communities across the USA fight back against a powerful and irresponsible industry.
- Board member of EARTHWORKS and the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project.
- Degrees in Microbiology, Chemistry and Computer Sciences from University of Southwestern Louisiana (Take that!, Ed Ireland)
- Awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant in 1999 read more of this posting »
The Texas Observer puts the TCEQ (Texas Commission for Environmental Quality) under the microscope in the current (5/26/10) issue. The expose' by, Forrest Wilder, makes one question why generations of Texans have steadfastly worshiped at the altar of oil and gas culture at their own peril.
Fort Worth Mayor, Mike Moncrief and the FW City Council are depicted as the fools, liars and crooks they have demonstrated to be for the past five years.
Like DISH, Texas Mayor, Calvin Tillman says, "someone needs to go to jail over this." The line starts behind Moncrief.
Once upon a time, there was a noble institution known as, The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. It was conceived by a group of honorable Fort Worth women in 1939. Since 1941, they have been helping children in north Texas learn how science affects their lives. So far so good.
Then one day in 2003 a very bad man became mayor of Fort Worth. He had a secret plan that would make him and his oil and gas drilling friends very, very rich. They would drill for natural gas in Fort Worth neighborhoods!
But they had a problem. They knew gas drilling was dirty and dangerous and that some people might not like their plan. They had to figure out a way to make people believe that gas drilling was not only safe, but FUN! read more of this posting »
Today, I received from State Representative Lon Burnam's office, a list of 79 new gas drilling permits filed with the Texas Railroad Commission for Tarrant County, Texas. That is, 79, for the month of March, alone.
Today was also a fairly warm day with temps reaching 82 degrees. HIgher temps and gas well emissions are not a good combo as you can see by these photos taken near downtown Fort Worth today at 6:30 PM CST. Just wait until July rolls around. read more of this posting »