Posts Tagged ‘fracking’
Holy fracking water.

Numb and Dumber

A simple reason explains why Fort Worth Weekly was among the country’s first news media to point out that fracking by natural gas drillers could threaten water supplies, and yet regulatory agencies weren’t paying attention....


Frack Me Elmo

CBS Sunday Morning recently filed this piece on fracking, and it’s about as hard-hitting as a segment on Sesame Street. As you read or watch it, try and imagine the whole thing as Big Bird explaining fracking to Oscar the Gro...


Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Nose

North Texas residents hoping for better regulation of the oil and gas industry will get their chance to yell at (that is, talk respectfully to) state legislators on Monday. The Texas Railroad Commission, a supposed regulatory a...

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.
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...


Mick Jagger Gets No Satisfaction From Fracking

Jeff Prince
If anyone should know anything about fossil fuels, it’s craggy rocker Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. Jagger makes reference to hydraulic fracturing in the band’s first new single in years: “Doom and Gloom....


Sucking It Up

Gas drillers are competing with ranchers, farmers, and cities for increasingly scarce water supplies.
Tom B. Saunders’ family has been ranching for five generations. Surface tanks and wells provide water for the cattle and horses on the Twin V Ranch near Weatherford. He’s got a couple of gas wells on the land too, and he’...


Burnt Orange You Ashamed?

You have to credit the University of Texas at Austin for being consistent — consistently sleazy. In June 2011, the school’s website described how UT’s Energy Institute would review the natural gas industry’s fracking pr...


Fracktivism on the Hill

Talk about being green. The Hulk, or at least the actor who portrays the heroic beast in The Avengers, is heading to Washington, D.C., to battle the natural gas drilling industry — specifically, the practice of hydraulic frac...


New York City!?! Get A Rap

Jeff Prince
When it comes to picante sauce, Texans say “get a rope” if it’s been made in New York City. When it comes to fracking for natural gas, however, New Yorkers in the Marcellus Shale sound a lot like Texans in the...


Don’t Frack With Me

The drilling industry is getting major blowback in the PR war.
For big business, a snappy, easy-to-remember slogan or catchphrase is usually a major plus: Everything goes better with Coke. Just do it. The fabric of our lives. For gas drillers — not so much. The shale gas industry that ha...