Posts Tagged ‘drilling’
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Gov. Greg Abbott Gives Big Wet Kiss To Oil And Gas

Jeff Prince
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB40 into law today. The law, as described by Abbott’s press office, preempts “regulation of oil and gas activity at the city level and resides that duty with the state, and ensures tha...


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A Shift in Thinking

Grand Prairie citizens’ complaints about drilling near dams has led to a national study.
Eric Griffey
One morning in the summer of 2010, Rosemary Reed awoke to her house shaking and the sound of engines screeching so loudly that it sounded like her backyard had been turned into a Motocross track. When she looked out a back wind...



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Denton Voters Do What Mike Moncrief Said Couldn’t Be Done

Jeff Prince
Former Mayor Mike Moncrief told Fort Worth residents a decade ago that natural gas drillers would sue any city attempting to ban the hydraulic fracturing process. Moncrief’s near manic support of gas drilling seemed weird...


Gulla: Range Resource’s practices “made a lot of people terribly ill ... .”

Sow, Reap

Chesapeake and Range Resources are fighting legal challenges in other states.
PETER GORMAN
Chesapeake Energy and Range Resources, two major gas drillers that pretty much packed up and left Tarrant County once the Barnett Shale’s best days were gone, are in hot water in other parts of the country. Chesapeake faces c...



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Did Putin Poison Our Water, Too?

Fort Worth Weekly
Austin wants desperately to be weird, but the line between weird and delusional gets blurry when politicians are involved. First, Gov. Rick Perry practically accuses President Barack Obama of personally piggybacking all those i...


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Big Oil Slapped Fort Worth Silly But Denton Says Put ‘Em Up

Jeff Prince
Remember when natural gas drillers flooded into Fort Worth and relied on oil-rich Mayor Mike Moncrief to push through an industry-pleasing ordinance that put most of the power in the hands of drillers at the expense of resident...



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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...


Tanker truck traffic around injection wells is just one of the reasons they’re unpopular with neighbors. Gayle Reaves

Toxic Torts

A case before the Texas Supreme Court could affect the use of injection wells for drilling wastes.
GAYLE REAVES
Texas property owners can post their land against trespassers. But what do you do when the interloper is toxic liquid spreading far beneath the surface of your land from someone else’s well and possibly poisoning your water s...



Tillman, left, with Wilson: “We had a very good year.” Gayle Reaves

ShaleTest Is Cruising

The nonprofit is now testing the waters — and the air — for communities in three states and training volunteers in others.
GAYLE REAVES
It felt like being a witness to history: watching Sharon Wilson learn how to use a FLIR camera to detect otherwise-invisible streams of toxic emissions from gas-drilling facilities. Gas company executives who have fought the ve...


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The Music Man Makes Another Sale

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Well, here we are in River City, folks. Don’t mind those little quakes — that’s just the Earth’s way of showing how much it enjoys all that drillin’ and frackin’ and stuff that’s going on around here these days. A...