Mother Jones Does Fort Worth

Reporter, Josh Harkinson, visited Fort Worth last week and got the Dante's Inferno Grand Tour of Dirty Ol' Town. His report on the Mother Jones website throws water on gas drillers claim that their water use is insignificant.


A Fractured Fracking Tale

> Fort Worth, Texas.

> Worst drought in Fort Worth history is underway.

> Stage 1 water use restrictions went into effect yesterday.

> I took a little hike along the Trinity River today.

> Hundreds of gas wells and related infrastructure dot the entire length of river as it winds through town.

> Drilling companies are among the the largest contributors to Texas politicians.

> Fracking and drilling are exempt from water restrictions.

> Each frack job uses around 5 million gallons of fresh water.

Double Whammy for Them... and Us.

The drilling industry absorbed a double whammy yesterday with these two brief but damaging reports from CBS-11 DFW. On the other hand, Citizen's of the Shales are taking the same double whammy but in a different way.

Water issues:

Industrialization of Trinity Park

My recent report on the industrialization of Trinity Park got the desired media reaction. Jason Allen of CBS 11 DFW is doing a report tonight at 10 PM. Appropriately, it came on another Level Orange air quality warning day in Dirty Ol' Town.

Jason's angle will probably focus on the millions of gallons of water used to frack this single Chesapeake well during the worst drought in Texas history*. I encouraged him to see the whole picture of what it means to industrialize much of Fort Worth and North Texas.

Fracking Up the Trinity River

In late 2009, Chesapeake Energy managed to get waivers for a controversial gas well in the heart of Fort Worth's high-end commercial district. The site is just two blocks from the world-class Cultural District museums and the fancy, new 7th Street corridor.

The T-Rex of Fossil Fuel Extraction

Please watch a new, 4.5 minute video from, Oscar-nominated film director, Josh Fox about the T-Rex of hydrocarbon extraction:

Learn more here:

FW Mayor Mike Moncrief Linked to Taliban

Make that EX-Mayor.

Mayor Mike Moncrief and Texas Governor Perry linked in a report from Aljazeera. This couldn't be any worse than the spin put out by the FW Star-Telegram. The spurs seem to fit:

Ideology of the Cancer Cell

The U.S. EIA (Energy Information Administration) is a branch of the Department of Energy. They recently published an interactive map that shows the progression of natural gas production in the Barnett Shale from 1997 - 2010.

It's like watching cancer cells multiply with similar effect. Reminds me a quote by Edward Abbey:

"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."

-Follow this link.
-Click on the blue square.
-See why the future of living things in North Texas is F****D:

Trinity Trees Update: July, 2011

Trinity Trees: Update July, 2011
$162,000. Chesapeake landscaping project, all but dead

I recently reported how gas drilling companies such as, Chesapeake and XTO have industrialized much of the Trinity River greenbelt in Fort Worth, including sections of the highly prized, Trinity Trails System. One of the first shots fired across the bow of the greenbelt was at a magical little place called, Trinity Trees.

HALT Seismic Testing Now!

Dear Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks-

It has been more than a week since I requested that Seismic Testing be halted in Fort Worth until the public has proof that it is safe, legal and cost-free to all residents. However, testing is still underway and many of your District 8 constituents are concerned.


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