Valerie Arnett of Junker Val's

Poor gas drillers. All they want to do is drill miles underground to extract natural gas, inject a little dirty wastewater into the ground, smear chemical-laden drilling mud all over the landscape, destroy roads, emit a few lousy carcinogens, ruin the value of homes, and contaminate a little water. And what do those mean ol’ communities do to repay the energy companies? They pass restrictive ordinances and, in the case of Denton, ban them from drilling altogether.

Unfold your arms and turn that frown upside-down, driller types. State Sen. Konni Burton has filed a bill to block communities from banning fracking, because that would infringe on individual property rights –– never mind people’s rights to clean air, water, and land.

The Colleyville Republican filed a bill last week that says a county or municipality may not prohibit the drilling method for oil and gas wells.

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“A city cannot infringe on personal property rights,” Burton told the Star-Telegram. “This is pretty black and white to me. … A governmental entity should not be able to tell you what you can or can’t do with your property.”

Burton isn’t the only Tea Party star whose kettle is boiling because of Denton’s frack attack. State Rep. Phil King, a Republican from Weatherford, filed a bill that would require any city seeking to regulate oil and gas activities to get a note prepared by the state budget board estimating the amount of tax money that school districts and other government entities would lose. The city would then have to make up the difference.

That’s a little like being charged for the amount of money a hospital would lose if you prevent someone from being stabbed.


It’s a Real Fixer-Upper

Part of the fun of shopping at second-hand stores is finding gems hiding under layers of dust or too many coats of varnish. At Junker Val’s Antiques on Bluebonnet Circle on Monday, the search would have been through concrete bits and glass shards. A motorist who gunned her car to get it out of a pothole got it out all right — and put it right through the front window of the antique shop building. Shop owner Valerie Arnett was still inventorying losses but said more than 100 small items along with furniture and art had been destroyed.

For years, until parking fees drove her out, Arnett sold from a booth at the Cattle Barn Flea Market. That building might have been a tad rough and ready, but last time we looked no one had driven a car through it. The shop was closed, so no one got hurt. On the other hand, the driver, Arnett said, was planning to go to the dentist next door to her shop, so maybe the driver figured, all told, that it wasn’t a bad exchange.


  1. And, all of the anti-oil drilling, fracking and etc. are the first ones lined up at the gas pump and are using gas to heat homes, cook meals and etc. When you truly stop using all the petroleum products that make your life so much more comfortable then your argument against drilling, fracking and etc. will carry more weight. Until then, don’t try to force me not to do what I want with my land just like you are saying the gov is doing to you. What’s good for the goose is also good for the gander.

    • You got to be smarter than that Larry. My bird-dog Roxy sure is. Every person in Ft. Worth, in Texas, the U.S.A, all North & South America, and planet Earth, and the remaining universe were fine and dandy and happy as a lark prior to even dreaming of the lousy, stinking nightmares created by the lying, greedhead, Fracking Peckerwoods and their Tea-Bagging hammer-heaed buddies. Grow up, get lost. What do you eat?

  2. Yes but Konni cities and counties DO infringe upon individual property rights by making it impossible to live in your home if you are retired or unemployed by escalating huge property tax burdens on the average citizens–an infringement evidently well loved by politicians. Tell me again about the sweetheart deals the oil and gas industries get on property taxes…