Posts Tagged ‘oil and gas’
Is Gov. Abbott signing away our environmental protections? Courtesy of Austin-American Statesman

HB40 Switcheroo

Even before the ink has dried on a new law, Denton is already under assault from drillers.
Peter Gorman
On Monday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that eliminates many local restrictions on gas drilling and fracking in the state. Called the Denton Fracking Law by many of its critics, HB40 says that if an ordin...


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Bad Romance

Static
The oil and gas folks talk a big game about having bromances. They promise big royalty checks to communities and in return give money to libraries, parks, schools, and cultural events. It’s so sweet! They attend town hall mee...



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America For Sale

Jeff Prince
If you have deep enough pockets, you can make the world flat again. Gas drillers shelled out bucks years ago to get the Fort Worth Zoo to say nice things about them. Before long, a diorama exhibit declared that the fossil fuel ...


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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...



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The Fracker

STATIC
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

STATIC
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

STATIC
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...