Posts Tagged ‘gas drilling’
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Believe What We Tell You, Not What You See

STATIC
Static was pretty impressed when Denton decided to ban hydraulic gas fracking within its city limits in early November. Naturally, the gas industry is all verklempt and fighting the ban. Two lawsuits have been filed thus far, o...


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Shale Math: Half Full or Half Empty

Either way, gas drilling’s gifts are full of questions.
JEFF PRINCE AND ERIC GRIFFEY
Her first royalty check hit the mailbox in 2008, and Becky Ferruggia was excited to see the amount –– about $8,000. Chesapeake Energy landmen had told everyone in her neighborhood that the gas wells would produce for 20 or ...



Bounds: “We want that new technology in place to protect us.”

Blowback

Mansfield residents are seeking tighter controls on gas drilling.
PETER GORMAN
A group of Mansfield residents who’ve been pushing for more than a year to strengthen their city’s gas drilling ordinance are finally getting a hearing — of sorts. However, leaders of the Mansfield Gas Well Awareness Grou...


Ruggiero: Thyne’s findings won’t be a game changer “until more scientists come forward with proof that the water wells are being contaminated by drilling.” Anna Routh-Barzian

Proof

A geologist says the evidence leads directly from polluted water wells to fracking activity.
PETER GORMAN
A geologist who has spent years studying the effects of natural gas drilling on water sources said last week that he has “no doubt” that Range Resources gas drilling activity has contaminated the Trinity Aquifer, ruining se...



Flowback water flows fiercely at a gas rig near Everman.

The Emperor Has No Water

STATIC
It was almost 10 years ago that Static’s colleague Jeff Prince wrote one of the first stories published in these parts about the toll that gas drilling was taking on freshwater supplies in North Texas. A few years later, Stat...


SHARON WILSON AS DEPICTED ON THE COVER OF FORT WORTH WEEKLY IN 2009 (photo by jeff prince)

Another Azle Earthquake Meeting On Monday

Jeff Prince
If you attended last week’s town hall meeting in Azle and weren’t satisfied with the silent stares and lack of information coming from the seemingly useless panel of state regulators, you’ll soon have another ...



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Range Wars

A major drilling company makes its rep with aggressive tactics against critics.
PETER GORMAN
When Ron Gulla, a heavy-machinery salesman, leased the mineral rights on his Pennsylvania property in 2002, he said, he was told that standard vertical gas wells would be drilled and that in exchange for allowing the work, he...


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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Big D’s Big Plan

STATIC
Dallas doesn’t generally follow in Cowtown’s hoofprints. When it comes to gas drilling, the city’s Plan Commission was smart enough to look our way — where it saw a stinking, poisonous mess and looked away again. Rather...


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Special Screening Of Gasland 2 At Ridglea Theater On Saturday

Jeff Prince
Fort Worth was a pioneer in urban gas drilling, much to the dismay of residents who feared (and soon experienced) environmental and quality of life problems. And now the movie director who introduced the scary side of fracking ...