Posts Tagged ‘oil and gas’
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The Fracker

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After attending Monday night’s meeting on Azle earthquakes, Static decided to go home, chill out, forget about injection wells and gas drilling for a while, and watch some mindless TV. Ah yes … Sunday’s episode of The Sim...


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Shaking Things Up

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The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry in this state, is looking to add an in-house seismologist to its staff. Why? That remains to be seen. A growing number of people are accusing the natural g...



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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...


Another truck raises another cloud of dust on East First Street. Mike Phipps

A Problem with Permits

Troublesome trucks on the East Side are connected to a familiar name.
JEFF PRINCE
The diesel truck traffic along Oakland Boulevard and Old Randol Mill Road on Fort Worth’s East Side increased dramatically after Chesapeake Energy Corp. established its massive gas-drilling compressor station about five years...



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Unfunny Keystone Capers

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The southern leg of the Keystone Pipeline came this much closer to being a done deal when owner TransCanada brought in a trackhoe last week and began to tear up a strip of the Crawford family farm in Sumner, Texas. According to...


Hogan said Fort Worth officials should have testified against the pipeline bill. Willex Tindell

Watching the Door

Two bills to limit cities’ power over the gas industry aren’t moving now — but they might.
PETER GORMAN
It’s a truism of the Texas Legislature that killing “bad” legislation is as important as passing the “good” kind. Under that theory, it would seem that critics of the shale gas industry would be celebrating the fact t...



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XTO Gets PO’d At Big D

JEFF PRINCE
Dallas is being much more cautious than Fort Worth when it comes to dealing with the natural gas drilling industry. The drillers came first to Fort Worth, where a powerful and persuasive mayor with deep ties to the oil and gas ...


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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Nose

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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...



Kelleher: “I hope the council will stand up for us.” Naomi Vaughan

End Run for Chesapeake

Refused once, landowners are trying again to get a zoning change for a huge compressor station.
PETER GORMAN
A company that failed to get a zoning change on a piece of Eastside land last year — which would have permitted Chesapeake Energy to build one of the largest urban natural gas compressor stations in the country — is trying ...


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Don’t Frack With Me

The drilling industry is getting major blowback in the PR war.
PETER GORMAN
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...