When FWCanDo was founded in the summer of 2005, we quickly put together a Manifesto that listed our concerns. At the very top of the list was...
At a time when tens of thousands of gas wells were being planned for north Texas we didn't need a crystal ball to figure that out. Sooner or later, somebody, somewhere was going to take a hit. That somebody, apparently, is the Ruggiero clan. The somewhere is their Wise County property that was recently reduced by a whopping 75% by the Wise County Central Appraisal District.
The only reason we know about this incredible-but-true story is the unwavering persistence of Tim and Christine Ruggiero, whose concern for the health of their young daughter spurred them to seek the justice that has been delivered. read more of this posting »
awwwwwww, ain't it sweet? They DO care, after all. Or do they? Refer to Rule #1:
Never believe what gas drillers say. They are pathological liars.
From Julie Wilson, VP of Chesapeake Energy at 3 pm today:
Dear Mayor Moncrief and Council Members:
Chesapeake respectfully withdraws our application for four wells on the proposed Westridge site located at 3900 Bryant Irvin Road . While we have the support and encouragement of hundreds of mineral owners who could have their minerals produced from this site, it is clear to us the majority of Council does not support our request for a waiver In absence of that support we feel the most responsible action is to withdraw.
Julie H. Wilson
The Fort Worth City Council is poised to say what FWCanDo has been saying for Five Long Years:
Just Say NO!
Mayor Moncrief and eight council members have a choice to make tonight. They can either allow Chesapeake Energy and few greedy mineral owners to destroy another neighborhood or they can Just Say NO to irresponsible drilling.
Miraculously, even the Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial board has disapproved the latest outrageous request from Chesapeake.
The proposed pad-site sits between the historic African-American neighborhood of Como and the posh Ridglea neighborhood and shopping district. read more of this posting »
Dr. Theo Colborn and Wilma Subra, two of the leading independent scientists working to shed light on the health impacts of gas drilling are sharing the stage in Fort Worth this Thursday evening. They will be discussing, among other things, the impacts of fracking chemicals and toxic air emissions on human health.
The event is sponsored by the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods Association. Read more about Theo and Wilma at TXsharon's website.
Dr. Theo Colborn & Wilma Subra
Thursday, August 5, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
FW Firefighters Hall
3855 Tulsa Way
FW, TX 76107
(This is in the FW Cultural District, a few blocks west of the Cowgirl Museum. One block south of Camp Bowie Blvd. and three blocks west of Montgomery St.)
Seating is limited.
In other news... read more of this posting »
OMG! Julie Wilson, The Most Hated Woman in Fort Worth, has been elected to the Chair of the United Way Campaign in Tarrant County (Fort Worth) for 2010. That's right, the Joseph Goebbels of Chesapeake Energy, has bought her way into the top charity in the USA.
This woman has done more to destroy the natural world in north Texas than all the urban sprawlers of the past 20 years, combined. Evil is the word that comes to mind, Nazi-style. If you are a fan of old Disney movies, Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty, might ring a bell.
If this makes you mad as Hell you may want to email, Tim McKinney, President and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County:
As for me and my house, not a penny will go to the UW as long as Julie Wilson is involved. read more of this posting »
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?