Posts Tagged ‘chesapeake’
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Royalty Rip-off

Around the country, landowners are suing Chesapeake and other drillers for massive deductions from royalty checks.
PETER GORMAN
Donald Feusner used to be a dairy farmer. His 370 acres of land in northeast Pennsylvania border New York state in a gloriously lush area. In 2011, when his farm was no longer profitable, he sold off his herd and retired to wha...


Julie Wilson participated in a Fort Worth City Council pre-council meeting in 2008. Gary Hogan is at left, and XTO Energy’s Walter Dueease is in the center. Courtesy FWCANDO.org

Wells, Well-Being, and Julie Wilson

JEFF PRINCE
The hiring of former Chesapeake Energy Corp. spokeswoman Julie H. Wilson to lead a health initiative in Fort Worth has many local people astounded and confused –– but certainly not tongue-tied. Wilson’s critics don’t mi...



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Protecting Industry

That’s what opponents say the new compressor station ordinance does.
EDWARD BROWN AND PETER GORMAN
A natural gas compressor ordinance passed by the Fort Worth City Council last week has closed a several-years-old loophole favoring drillers but simultaneously expanded other allowances for the industry, leaving a contentious i...


JULIE WILSON AT A GAS DRILLING TASK FORCE MEETING SEVERAL YEARS AGO (photo courtesy of Don Young).

A Not So Fond Farewell To Face Of Chesapeake

Jeff Prince
This week’s Static revealed a former Chesapeake Energy Corp. employee’s rather pungent recollections of Julie Wilson, the main mouthpiece for the gas drilling giant during its Barnett Shale heyday. Wilson announced ...



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Shale Game

A big chunk of the American economy is betting on the value of producible gas reserves that aren’t there.
PETER GORMAN, PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
The early days of the shale gas boom around Fort Worth were heady ones. Chesapeake tossed money around as if it were limitless. Need a new museum of science and history? They helped cover it. A sponsor for the annual Thanksgivi...


A screenshot of the Delga Park video shows how dangerous gas-drilling disposal tanks can be. Calvin Tillman

Filming Dirty Air

Public safety advocates document harmful gas emissions from injection wells.
PETER GORMAN
The short video opens with a shot of a Chesapeake-produced water tank beneath a beautiful blue sky on the near East Side of Fort Worth. An infrared camera is turned on. Instantly the blue sky disappears, and in its place billow...



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NY Times Follows Big Gas Money Trail

Jeff Prince
The New York Times dug deep and published an amazing investigative piece on the natural gas industry. The article examines the relationships between gas drillers and bankers as they created a boom. The smart ones got in early a...


The Big Bird

Fort Worth Weekly Staff
The biggest turkey in Fort Worth flew the coop in 2011, his tail feathers still singed from our frequent rounds of birdshot. Yep, Mayor Mike Moncrief resigned after eight years of running Fort Worth like his own personal fiefdo...



Seeing No Evil, Re-Redux

Static
For, what, the umpteenth time, critics of the city’s actions on gas drilling and ethical issues got no respect Tuesday from the Fort Worth City Council. The council voted 6-0 to deny appeals from activists Jim Ashford and Lou...


Chesapeake Drillers Threatened

Jeff Prince
Almost heaven, West Virginia — unless you’re a gas driller. The Wetzel Chronicle reports that Chesapeake Energy employees found a dummy hanging from a tree with a noose around its neck in Wetzel County, WV. “Go away d...