Friday, December 30, 2011

"It Looked Like a War Zone in Here"

Remember this?

We sure do.  Here's the link to WCGasette's story from October 24, 2010 ~ "Take Cover ~ This is Just the Beginning":

So, we've just learned that DFW Midstream's Pipeline Permit is back on the upcoming Grand Prairie, TX City Council Agenda.  

Heck.  The issue was dead in the water, didn't even make it out of the chute, was basically thrown in the FRAC Pond  during the December 13, 2011 Meeting. 

Wow.  Kind of amazing!?  

Here's the link to the story on the Gasette.

A quick recap:  Not even one City Councilperson  would make the Motion...and then suddenly City Councilwoman Jackson called on a Boy Scout Leader (Page 2, Item 3 of the Consent Agenda) way in the back of the room, who, like all dedicated Boy Scouts, was "Prepared" on a moment's notice to speak ably and with enthusiasm about scouting.

Job well done!   

And now, we've just discovered that the DFW Midstream Gas Gathering Pipeline Permit is back on the Agenda (again) for this next Tuesday, January 3, 2012.  Double Wow.

As we recall, Mayor England even mentioned "The Pig" when the original vote on this Gas Gathering Pipeline Nightmare was tabled during the November 15, 2011 meeting.

God. Help Us. Please. 

And in the meantime, enjoy the Prairie Lights

thru New Year's Eve.  

We hear they're bigger and better this year. For the first time in a long time, Chesapeake's not an "official" sponsor. Yay.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A More Hopeful Holiday Extravaganza

Southlake, TX

We almost missed it ~ but we sure like this holiday extravaganza (in Southlake, TX) over this one. We also like it that Chesapeake decided that it was going to be too difficult to drill in Southlake, TX.

We thank Southlake, TX, for standing strong, and being the good example from the beginning of all of this. If only more communities had paid attention.

By the way, the creator of this amazing lighting display (David Koss with Alford Media), is the son of our Westchester neighbor and fellow Westchester-Grand Prairie Community Alliance "activist," Chris Koss. What an amazing and very talented family!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Coordinating Virus and Spyware Defense

Isn't it better to have more protection? This is a topic we discussed in our most recent technolgy training. Here is some great information that was recently publiched by US-CERT (United States Computer Readiness Team). Take a few moments to learn how to protect yourself while not going overboard!

Spyware and viruses can interfere with your computer's ability to process information or can modify or destroy data. You may feel that the more anti-virus and anti-spyware programs you install on your computer, the safer you will be. It is true that not all programs are equally effective, and they will not all detect the same malicious code. However, by installing multiple programs in an attempt to catch everything, you may introduce problems.

How can anti-virus or anti-spyware software cause problems?

It is important to use anti-virus and anti-spyware software (see Understanding Anti-Virus Software and Recognizing and Avoiding Spyware for more information). But too much or the wrong kind can affect the performance of your computer and the effectiveness of the software itself.

Scanning your computer for viruses and spyware uses some of the available memory on your computer. If you have multiple programs trying to scan at the same time, you may limit the amount of resources left to perform your tasks. Essentially, you have created a denial of service against yourself (see Understanding Denial-of-Service Attacks for more information). It is also possible that in the process of scanning for viruses and spyware, anti-virus or anti-spyware software may misinterpret the virus definitions of other programs. Instead of recognizing them as definitions, the software may interpret the definitions as actual malicious code. Not only could this result in false positives for the presence of viruses or spyware, but the anti-virus or anti-spyware software may actually quarantine or delete the other software.

How can you avoid these problems?
•Investigate your options in advance - Research available anti-virus and anti-spyware software to determine the best choice for you. Consider the amount of malicious code the software recognizes, and try to find out how frequently the virus definitions are updated. Also check for known compatibility issues with other software you may be running on your computer.

•Limit the number of programs you install - Many vendors are now releasing packages that incorporate both anti-virus and anti-spyware capabilities together. However, if you decide to choose separate programs, you really only need one anti-virus program and one anti-spyware program. If you install more, you increase your risk for problems.

•Install the software in phases - Install the anti-virus software first and test it for a few days before installing anti-spyware software. If problems develop, you have a better chance at isolating the source and then determining if it is an issue with the software itself or with compatibility.

•Watch for problems - If your computer starts processing requests more slowly, you are seeing error messages when updating your virus definitions, your software does not seem to be recognizing malicious code, or other issues develop that cannot be easily explained, check your anti-virus and anti-spyware software.

My recommendations include "Microsoft Security Essentials" for anti-virus protection and Spybot for malware protection. Both are free, and both work!

The Holiday Flowback Extravaganza!!

But Before We Get Started You Won't Want to Miss...
"The Flood" on December 14, 2011: 

Click Here to Read About It on BlueDaze!

♫♥ And Now Let's Begin the Show♫♥♫♥

The Forks/Fulson/West Wing Shale Gas Pad Site in SE Arlington, TX

Welcomes You To The Neighborhood!

December 17, 2011

♫♫It's the "Most" Wonderful Time of the Year...♫♫

♫♥♫Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly! 
Fa la la la la, la la la la!♫♫♥

♫♫Tis the Season to Be Jolly

Fa la la la la,la la la la♫♫♥

♫♫Haul Out the Holly...♫♫♫♫

♫♫Put up the tree 
before my spirit falls again.♫♫

Slice up the FRAC Pond

It hasn't snowed a single flurry,

But Santa, dear, we're in a hurry, so...

Uh. Oh. Sorry.  We Interrupt This Holiday Fracking/Flowback Extravaganza

OK. The fracking flowback flood water from the Fracking/Flowback Process on the F/F/WW Pad Site seems to be flowing down into this Festive Storm Drain.  


SO climb down the chimney;
Put up the brightest string of lights I've ever seen.
Slice up the fruitcake;
It's time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.
For we need a little music,
Need a little laughter,
Need a little singing
Ringing through the rafter,
And we need a little snappy
"Happy ever after,"

Click Here to Hear "We Need a Little Christmas" sung by the Brady Bunch. Click Here If You Like More Scary Shows.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Grand Prairie, TX City Council: "We're Adjourned!"

The vote that had been tabled during the November 15, 2011 City Council meeting was back on the agenda last evening. See these blog posts about the non-odorized gas gathering pipelines here, here, here, and here. Oh, and here, too.

When Agenda Item #33 came up, the Speaker Cards were read aloud. Then, one at a time, the 3 speakers speaking in "Opposition" were called to the microphone.  Staff spoke in support.  (There were no visual aides on the screens as in all other presentations that evening.) This was noted by one of the speakers. The Mayor then asked that the Map go up on the screen! No one from Chesapeake or their pipeline-affiliated company, D/FW Midstream, were present.  When the last of the 3 speakers finished, Mayor England then called for a Motion for Approval. 

What followed was weird. But this kind of "weird" is "Just Fine." Councilwoman Jackson announced that there were Boy Scouts in the Council Chamber and she introduced their leader who promptly stood up and  spoke briefly about the Scouts.  Then Mayor England thanked the Boy Scouts and mentioned the Motion, again. "Well, what about that Motion"? A very, very brief silence and then Councilwoman Jackson announced a A Motion for Adjournment! Made. And Seconded. That's all folks. No Citizen Comments, tonight. Go Home!! 

WOW! No non-odorized, gas gathering pipelines  (brought to us by Chesapeake's D/FW Midstream) for Westchester ~ at least this week.

Oh, and it looks as if PG&E is going to pay out lots of money for the devastating San Bruno, California gas pipeline explosion just 1 year ago.  Clearly, an explosion like this could devastate Westchester neighborhoods and any of our surrounding neighborhoods. These non-odorized gas gathering (sales) pipelines have already gone in all over Grand Prairie, Texas. 

Here's a picture of the September 10, 2010 San Bruno, California explosion:

The September 9, 2010, explosion blasted a 72-foot by 26-foot crater and destroyed 38 homes in San Bruno, near San Francisco International Airport. A 28-foot segment of the pipe was found about 100 feet from the crater. Scorched homes and the shells of burned-out cars lined charred streets, where firefighters battled hot spots trying to save the devastated neighborhood.

Over and Out.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

"It Looks Fine to Me."

Apparently, the City of Grand Prairie, TX checked with USACE and everything "looks fine" for hooking up the gathering pipeline system to get that shale gas to China or unnamed foreign countries.

Remember the USACE rep who thought everything looked "fine," too back in the summer?  We've just never figured out who that was for sure.

We're very proud to know that South Grand Prairie's Corn Valley site will be providing shale gas to foreign countries.

We still hope and pray that the dam won't be compromised. Because really, that's all we've got at this point. The money is so "fine." The Joe Pool Lake Dam is one fine cash cow for our City and for a church with the ever-changing name, a school system willing to risk the health of the children and a state in need of a new legislature and a new governor. {{sheer frustration}}

So, in light of all of this, here are the Agenda Details for the upcoming Grand Prairie, TX City Council Meeting, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Temporary Location at the GPISD Administration Building at 2602 South Beltline Road in south Grand Prairie beginning at 6:30 PM. Y'all come.

Click the File Number 11-4440 to read the actual details at the above link.
"At the previous City Council meeting, a request for clarification was made to ensure the US Army Corps of Engineers did not intend to include gas pipelines in the request for a moratorium.

The City received information from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District regarding the impacts associated with this line. Based on the technical information provided, the Corps of Engineers review team determined that the proposed action would have minimal potential for direct impact to Joe Pool Dam and their Dam Safety Officer concurred. As such, USACE has no objection with allowing the installation of the pipeline."

As such???  So, the City Staff called the Corps. Who did they talk to? This certainly doesn't give a lot of "detail" for us to know any of that. Maybe they think we're not "interested." 

Well, hello, City Staff and City Council, we're Very Interested. This just won't do for an explanation in light of the recent Moratorium and in light of what the new United States Army Corps of Engineers Southwest District Policy states about their concerns. Maybe you haven't read it??

Somehow, we find it very hard to believe that USACE would not show up to speak to this issue of pipeline construction near a federal dam.  We hope they will.  Good Lord.  Colonel Muraski even told us it could be catastrophic!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Avoiding Holiday Scams

Here is the "Staying Safe This Holiday Season" presentation from the technology training on December 6, 2011.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dragging & Dropping in Outlook

Do you know how easy it is to drag and drop email into "Notes", "Tasks", "Calendar" and "Contacts" in Microsoft Outlook? If you do not know, don't panic and simply watch this short training video to see how easy it really is!

Note: You can enlarge the video to full screen by selecting the icon on the bottom right of the video window. This is especially helpful if you are going blind (like me).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Railroad Commission of Texas: Sheer Torture *Updated**

Some things provide a constant source of torture/frustration to those of us trying to understand why our State of Texas is so deaf, dumb, and blind blonde to the realities of shale gas drilling and fracking.

 Elizabeth Ames Jones, Chairman, Railroad Commission of Texas

We almost missed this story last week. No vote on the Fracking Disclosure Bill.  Goodness. What's the hurry, anyway?  Not to be overly pessimistic, but it's truly not what it claims to be. Even Elizabeth Ames Jones knows that.

We were so focused on our very own Decision on the Barnes Assembly A Well 3H Rule 37 Exception. Of course, the Railroad Commission wouldn't delay that decision. No way. They ruled swiftly and quickly in favor of Chesapeake after a little back and forth about the Complaint/Motion for Rehearing that was filed by the protesters.  *(They called it a "Premature Filing" if you listen to their very brief discussion. Some "local" governing boards would have likely "tabled" this Decision, by the way.)

Here's the Link to the Agenda for last week's meeting. We're Item #3. Here is the 3-Minute Discussion/Decision for Item #3. You'll need RealPlayer to view the video here.)

Update: And if you are so inclined, here's the entire 32-Minute Open Conference Meeting video here.

The video of the entire meeting is well worth watching to see how the RRC really does work in a vacuum. We had been told numerous times that no one would be allowed to speak to the Proposal for Decision. Or speak at all. But then Ms. Jones says something about there being no citizens there to speak to the Commissioners. Well, we certainly would have come if we had known we could talk to you! Maybe next time.

Because, truly, Ms. Jones, we're very LUCKY. We've learned a lot over the past year and during this ordeal ~ more than anyone should ever have to know about our state's Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency. But now we know. And now we can't NOT know.

The Barnes Assembly A Well 3H Rule 37 Hearing was February 1, 2011. The transcript tells the story of citizens up against the senior team of Chesapeake attorneys who live in or near Austin and didn't have to travel through a blizzard to get there.

Nope, the big, strong and powerful Chesapeake attorneys simply got up that Tuesday morning, had a nice breakfast, easily drove into Austin or were already in town. Realized members of our community were somehow at the hearing. Whoops! Had to call in a transcriber. Do a quick review of the case.  And then proceeded to cross-examine our tired and weary neighbors as if they were on trial for crimes against the state. Maybe Chesapeake believes it IS a treasonous crime to NOT SIGN a lease with them. Maybe.

Did we say it was torture?  Sheer torture.
Funny. They do look alike. Very cute.

By the way...

Elizabeth Ames Jones's entire family
is in the oil and gas business!! Her father is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and her husband is the Director of Venus Exploration

It's literally all in the family. 

How nice that Ms. Jones is in charge of REGULATION of the oil and gas industry for ALL of Texas.

What a deal for the oil and gas industry.  

How lucky can THEY get??!!

WOW! Bless Their Hearts!!

**Updated** ~ We guess she couldn't stand the heat? Time to go home to San Antonio where she faces a battle with her own party.

Click here to read all about Mrs. Jones' recent political decision. The Westchester Gasette will miss her. Honestly, we will. :-)

Protect Yourself While Shopping Online

This is the season for online shopping. Everyone should take a few minutes to remind themselves that we all live in a dangerous online world. At our regularly scheduled training on December 6 I will talk a litte bit about online shopping and protecting yourself. In the meantime start the process of protecting yourself by reading the following article.

Shop With Well Known Establishments
Start at a trusted site rather than shopping with a search engine. Search results can be rigged to lead you to dangerous destinations. If you know the site, chances are it’s safe for shopping!

Shop Only On Secure Sites
Never trust purchasing anything online using your credit card from a site that does not have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed. You can be assured of this by looking in the URL bar for the https:// in front of the website address as well as a padlock image. If you do not see these – do not use your credit card!

Don't Give Up Your Personal Information
Online shopping stores do not need your social security number or your birthday. If the website is asking for this information, shop somewhere else!

Check Your Statements
Don't wait for your bill to come at the end of the month. Go online regularly during the holiday season and look at electronic statements for your credit card, debit card, and checking accounts. Make sure you don't see any fraudulent charges, even originating from sites like PayPal. If you see something wrong, pick up the phone and contact the vendor immediately!

Protect Your PC
Keep your computer update with a good virus and malware application! There are many good free solutions out there like (my personal favorite) Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG.

Don’t Be Lazy With Your Passwords
Strong passwords are critical when banking and shopping online.

Avoid Public Terminals When Shopping
Avoid shopping on public networks. Also keep your in home (wireless) network secure with a strong WEP and use your network to shop online.

One of the Oldest Lessons Out There
If the “deal” online sounds too good to be true it probably is. No one – and I mean no one is selling IPAD’s for $49.99! Stay away from these offers for you own good!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

open letter to older women with kids and families

Today I received an email from a mother of 3, wife and parttime bank teller. She recently went back to horse back riding. She was a talented rider when she was young and in high school. Marriage, 3 kids, husband surviving throat cancer and money woes later, she decided to try horse back riding again. She is in her late 40s.

Here is her post to me.....

It's amazing what riding a good horse for a while can do for me. The first and second lessons had me breathing really hard--it's a lot of work cantering around a ring on a horse and keeping it all together like I did back in the day. Today I wasn't breathing nearly as hard. I even brought my old saddle today that I had up in the garage and used that. The whole thing is like opening up an old dream box for me. The instructors are amazed that I am doing so well at this age, after all these years. It comes back just like riding a bike. Anyway, I don't know how much longer I will be able to afford to do it, but I just wanted to let you know how much fun it has been, and how happy it has made me. I actually feel good at something again in my life.

So what does this have to do with biking??

Biking is an activity you can do as an older woman. You can go out with other like minded folks or bike solo. Join a bike club in your area. Bike on a bike trail.

But find something you can do that does not involve your family or kids. Physical activities enrich your life as you age. You feel good. I have now been biking seriously for 5 or so years. I can jump on my bike and do 50 miles and hardly blink. I climb hills and coast down hills. I see eagles, herons, owls and deer and horses and cows and the list is endless.

I hear all kinds of excuses from older ladies. For once in your life, stop making excuses and using your family and finances as a reason you are not doing something for yourself.

Make the time, pick some type of physical hobby and do it - even just walking around the block is a start. JUST DO IT.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's Almost Thanksgiving!!

Hmmm...what could that mean??

Barnes Assembly A Well 3H ~ Rule 37 Exception Decision Scheduled for Tuesday, November 22, 2011!!

Here's the Transcript from the February 1, 2011 Hearing in Austin, TX. (The biggest blizzard North Texans may have ever seen blew in that day ~ but 4 of our protesters were there or represented at the hearing.)

Well, here we go again.  We've discovered a MAJOR error in the correspondence with the Protestants (the Protesters to the Rule 37 Exception).  The process is such an egregious violation of human dignity, that we are really not surprised by anything anymore ~ more on that, later.

Developing Story...

Our City of Grand Prairie, TX's  NEWLY Revised Shale Gas Drilling Ordinance (as of January 18, 2011) states that they are to be notified:

Oh, and the new Rule 37 Notification is retroactive, too:

Sec. 13-521.  Rule 37 exceptions or forced pooling applications
Any company filing a Rule 37 exception or a forced pooling application with the Commission shall be required to provide the City’s Environmental Services Department a copy of such application within 48 hours following such filing. Failure to provide such copy shall be considered a violation of this article and may cause any issued City gas drilling permit to be subject to suspension or revocation as provided by Section 13-512.
Question:  So, did the City of Grand Prairie, TX receive notification as required by the revised Gas Drilling Ordinance??

Clearly, our STATE of Texas Legislature is an abysmal FAILURE. New laws could have been created this past Spring to stop this assault on property owners who don't have the resources to HIRE a legal team to defend their property rights.

AMEN.  And pass the turkey, please.

Friday, November 18, 2011

United States Army Corps of Engineers (Exclusion Zone 1) **New Links**

Just a reminder...

5. Background.  USACE Districts in the Southwestern Division have recently received a number of inquiries and requests in connection with development of oil and gas production facilities near our dams and levees.
They have also received a number of inquiries and requests in connection with development of oil and gas production and transportation of oil and gas through pipelines in close proximity to Corps of Engineers dams.
Major natural gas shale formations currently being developed in the Southwestern Division include the Barnett Shale in North Texas, the Caney Shale in Oklahoma, the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas, and the Haynesville Shale in northwest Louisiana and Texas.
Concerns have been raised that these activities could result in damage to dams and other important structures at flood risk reduction projects.
The Fort Worth District is in the process of preparing a formal engineering position explaining the risks and recommending a 3,000 foot lateral exclusion Zone.
There is currently no statute or regulation which clearly provides USACE with authority to prevent exploration and drilling activities in those locations in close proximity to major structures where the United States has no real property interest.
Nevertheless, 33 USC 408 provides that it is unlawful for any person to impair the usefulness of any flood control work built by the United States.

Gas Pipeline Accidents Listed

In light of the currently "tabled" vote on the Corn Valley lateral gas gathering pipeline construction ~  (see this blog post and this one) ~ right through the heart of our Westchester is a list of all pipeline accidents in the current year (2011). We don't take any of this lightly. Our homes are only a few hundred feet (and less) from the current plans. Take note. This is serious business.
  • 2011 A gas main being repaired in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania explodes, killing a repair crew member and injuring 6 others on January 18.[654]

  • 2011 Gas pressure regulators failed and caused a gas pressure surge in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, on January 24, causing gas fires in 11 homes, and one apartment. 150 gas appliances were damaged or destroyed, but there were no injuries. Gas company Dominion East Ohio says it found fluids and debris in a failed regulator and is investigating how that happened.[655][656][657]

  • 2011 5 people are killed and 8 homes are destroyed in an apparent gas explosion and fire in Allentown, Pennsylvania on February 10. The NTSB had warned UGI about cast iron gas mains needing replacement after the 1990 gas explosion in that city. Between 1976 and the date of the letter, July 10, 1992, two more gas explosions occurred. Three people were killed, 23 injured and 11 homes were destroyed or damaged in those explosions.[658][659][660]

  • 2011 Late on February 10, a 36 inch diameter gas transmission pipeline explodes near Lisbon, Ohio. No injuries resulted. The cause was from stress on a joint on the pipeline.[661][662]

  • 2011 Early on February 24, a pipeline near Texas City, Texas ruptured, sending up to 5,000 US gallons (19,000 L) of gasoline into Bayou Pierre.[663][664]

  • 2011 Early on March 17, a 20-inch steel natural gas line running through a Minneapolis, Minnesota neighborhood ruptured and gas from it ignited, caused evacuations to buildings nearby, and Interstate 35W was closed from downtown Minneapolis to Highway 62. There were no injuries.[665][666]

  • 2011 A farmer & rancher near White Oak Township, Michigan smelled gasoline on April 13, and discovered gasoline from a products pipeline leaking into a drainage ditch. As of late September, an estimated 460,000 gallons of gasoline had been released, with about 111,000 gallons of it recovered.[667]

  • 2011 On May 19, a 10 inch diameter crude oil pipeline ruptured near Maysville, Oklahoma. Over 42,000 US gallons (160,000 L) of crude were lost. There was no fire. Internal pipeline corrosion was the cause.[668][669]

  • 2011 A 2 inch diameter lateral on a crude oil pipeline rupture in Huntington Beach, California on July 1. A major road, Goldenwest Street, had to be closed for cleaning and pipeline repairs.[670]

  • 2011 Late on July 2, a 12-inch diameter Exxon Mobil crude oil pipeline ruptured, and spilled oil into the Yellowstone River in south-central Montana. Some residents of Laurel, Montana had to be evacuated.[671][672] The break near Billings fouled the riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts to close intakes.[673][674] As much as 1,000 barrels (160 m3), or 42,000 US gallons (160,000 L), of oil spilled before the flow through the damaged pipeline was stopped, officials said.[675] About 140 people were evacuated starting about 12:15 a.m. Saturday due to concerns about possible explosions and the overpowering fumes. All were allowed to return after instruments showed petroleum odors had decreased,[676] although no information was available regarding the concentrations of benzene in air. Speculation involves high water flow in the Yellowstone River may have scoured the river bed and exposed the pipe. Consequently, with three oil refineries are located in the Billings area, the fire chief for the city of Laurel said he asked all three to turn off the flow of oil in their pipelines under the river after the leak was reported. ExxonMobil and Cenex Harvest Refinery did so, and that Conoco Phillips said its pipe was already shutdown.[676] Cenex had a release into the Yellowstone River in September 2002. Exxon Mobil later announced the cleanup would cost $135 million.[677]

  • 2011 On July 20, a six month old 30 inch diameter natural gas pipeline exploded near Gillette, Wyoming, creating a 60-foot (18 m) crater. There was no fire, nor any injuries.[678]

  • 2011 A pipeline carrying jet fuel ruptured in Mango, Florida on July 22. About 31,500 US gallons (119,000 L) of fuel spilled. There was no fire or injuries.[679]

  • 2011 On August 13, an 8 inch diameter NGL pipeline ruptured near Onowa, Iowa at a Missouri River crossing, during flooding conditions. About 3,350 barrels of NGL's were lost. There were no evacuations or injuries, but 2 other pipelines in the same right of way were forced to shut down. [680][681]

  • 2011 A pipeline carrying heating oil was hit by construction workers in East Providence, Rhode Island on August 31, spraying oil on roofs, trees, and pavement, and flowed into storm drains. At least 56,000 US gallons (210,000 L) of oil were spilled.[682]

  • 2011 A Cupertino, California condominium was gutted August 31, after a plastic pipeline fitting cracked, filling the garage with natural gas that exploded just minutes after the owner left for lunch. PG&E later found six other plastic pipe failures near the blast site. The line was an especially problematic type of pipe manufactured by DuPont called Aldyl-A. PG&E has 1,231 miles (1,981 km) of the early-1970s-vintage pipe in its system. Federal regulators singled out pre-1973 Aldyl-A starting in 2002 as being at risk of failing because of premature cracking. Explosions caused by failed Aldyl-A and other types of plastic pipe have killed more than 50 people in the United States since 1971, the federal government says. [683]

  • 2011 On September 20, a farmer digging to lay drainage tile hit a 10 inch diameter gasoline pipeline near Aurelius, New York, spilling about 3,300 US gallons (12 m3) of gasoline. There was no fire or injuries.[684]

  • 2011 A 2 inch diameter crude oil gathering pipeline failed in Oklahoma on October 12, spilling about 120 barrels of oil. There were no injuries or fire from the failure.[685]

  • 2011 Early on November 3, an explosion and fire hit a gas transmission pipeline compressor station near Artemas, Pennsylvania. There were no injuries.[686]

  • 2011 A crew working on a waterline hit a gas distribution pipeline in Fairborn, Ohio on November 12, leading to a gas explosion that killed one man, and injured 5 others, including children.[687]

  • 2011 On November16, a 36 inch diameter gas transmission pipeline exploded and burned near Glouster, Ohio. There were 2 people injured, with 3 homes and a barn destroyed, and 2 more homes and a barn damaged.[688]

  • 2011 Late on November 21, a 24 inch diameter gas transmission pipeline exploded and burned near Batesville, Mississippi. 20 homes were evacuated for a time, but there were no injuries or major property damage.[690]

  • 2011 On December 3, a gas transmission pipeline exploded and burned in Marengo County, Alabama. There were no injuries or serious property damage.[691]

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Elmford company seeks Accounting Assistant

Real Estate Development firm is looking for an Accounting Assistant to support its busy Accounting function. Successful candidate will posses: ability to multi-task, work independently while prioritizing and meeting deadlines.

Successful candidate will be able to demostrate excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills. Candidate must be computer literate with good working knowledge of QuickBooks, Word, Excel and Outlook;

[view full job description]

Pipeline Explosion: Homes Destroyed in Ohio Inferno

This happened Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dam Again, And Again, And Again. (** Update**)

**Update** ~ The Grand Prairie, Texas City Council "tabled" the vote on this. They removed it from the "Consent Agenda," and then opened it for discussion. Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Swafford led the discussion and thanked Rosemary Reed, President of the Westchester Association of Homeowners (WAHO), for her email expressing serious concern about these gas gathering pipelines ~ in light of the current MORATORIUM on all gas drilling activities in the 3,000 foot Exclusion Zone around Joe Pool Lake.

Definition of CONSENT AGENDA
Items listed on the Consent Agenda for Approval are not public hearing items. These items are considered to be routine and will be approved by one motion and one vote. 
 Grand Prairie, TX City Council Meeting Agenda
November 15, 2011
Consent Agenda Items
 9 11-1440   License to DFW Midstream Services, LLC for gas pipelines along and across portions of Lake Ridge Parkway, Matthew Road, Prairie Lane, Polo Road, Robinson Road, Barn Owl Trail, High Hawk Boulevard and tracts of City owned land in the High Hawk at Martins Meadow Addition.

Oh, Whoops!!  Forgot to mention these small details in the summary for the Consent Agenda:   


License to DFW Midstream Services, LLC for gas pipelines along and across portions of Lake Ridge Parkway, Matthew Road, Prairie Lane, Polo Road, Robinson Road, Barn Owl Trail, High Hawk Boulevard and tracts of City owned land in the High Hawk at Martins Meadow Addition.


Bill Crolley, Director of Planning and Development

Recommended Action


DFW Midstream Services, LLC has requested permission to place gas transmission pipelines along and across portions of Lakeridge Parkway, Matthew Road, Prairie Lane, Polo Road, Robinson Road, Barn Owl Trail, High Hawk Boulevard and tracts of City owned land in the High Hawk at Martins Meadow Addition.
A license from the City is needed to allow DFW Midstream Services, LLC to extend gas gathering pipelines from an existing line at the Barnes Assembly well pad site near Matthew Road and Fish Creek to the Crystal Paradise well pad site near Lakeridge Parkway and Great Southwest Parkway; and to the Corn Valley well pad site near Camp Wisdom Road and Carrier Parkway.

The license agreement is for a term of twenty (20) years with a nine (9) year renewal option. The fee during the
renewal option period is to be adjusted by the increase in the Consumer Price Index.

Financial Consideration

Revenue: $492,305 lump sum advance payment (8,951 linear feet at $2.75 per linear foot per year for 20 years). Funds to be deposited in the Street Capital Projects Fund (400192) 24620.

Over and Out.

Zone of Deception

"Ordinance providing for a moratorium on the conducting of any natural gas drilling and fracturing activities within 3,000 feet of any dams and other water retention structures owned and/or operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)."

See the stories about this here, here, here and here.

See the City of Grand Prairie Agenda for today, Tuesday, November 15, 2011, Page 3. The Agenda wasn't available for viewing online until MONDAY afternoon. Surely that wasn't on purpose. We don't want to think that.

Clearly, there's a disconnect here. We expected that the City of Grand Prairie would not even be considering a gas gathering pipeline construction out to the Corn Valley Pad site due to the Moratorium. The site is under review and study by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

It begs the question ~ Does USACE know about this??? Do they care?

Was the Moratorium Ordinance simply a stunt? Or maybe the City Manager is just feeling really good right now since he just received a strong endorsement via a BIG raise from the City (the motion was seconded by our own City Councilman Shaleionaire Ron Jensen at the last City Council Meeting).

Renewal of City Manager's Contract

Mayor Pro Tem Swafford moved, seconded by Council Member Jensen, to extend the City Manager's contract to October 31, 2012, increase the City Manager's base salary 3%, and to provide the City Manager with a 5-year CEO Retention Plan with a $30,000/year incentive, both effective October 1, 2011.  The motion carried unanimously.


Mayor Charles England; Mayor Pro Tem Jim Swafford; Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Ruthe Jackson; Council Member Richard Fregoe; Council Member Greg Giessner; Council Member Mark Hepworth; Council Member Ron Jensen and Council Member Bill Thorn
 Wow! That's a BIG raise.

But we're more shocked by this latest development for a vote on the Gas Gathering Pipeline to Corn Valley. But then, this is gasland. Nothing is real. Nothing is honest. And sadly, nothing will ever be the same again. 

From the Agenda Packet:

 DFW Midstream Services, LLC has requested permission to place gas transmission pipelines along and across portions of Lakeridge Parkway, Matthew Road, Prairie Lane, Polo Road, Robinson Road, Barn Owl Trail, High Hawk Boulevard and tracts of City owned land in the High Hawk at Martins Meadow Addition.

A license from the City is needed to allow DFW Midstream Services, LLC to extend gas gathering pipelines from an existing line at the Barnes Assembly well pad site near Matthew Road and Fish Creek to the Crystal Paradise well pad site near Lakeridge Parkway and Great Southwest Parkway; and to the Corn Valley well pad site near Camp Wisdom Road and Carrier Parkway.

The license agreement is for a term of twenty (20) years with a nine (9) year renewal option. The fee during the renewal option period is to be adjusted by the increase in the Consumer Price Index.

DFW Midstream Pipeline Map to be Voted On Tuesday Night, November 15, 2011.

Arlington, TX: Feel Safe or Maybe Not

Drum Roll Please...

Introducing the Arlington, TX  
(Click Here) Community Development & Planning Department
Guiding Arlington's Development
Gas Drilling and Production in the 
Barnett Shale 

Ambitious, High Achievers Are Promoted Quickly

August 2011 Contact Information

(Click Here) to view a City of Arlington Gas Well Inspection Report 
See Page 119 for the CONTACT Info (Above)

Harold Sutton and his Team were clearly very busy in the HOT, dry month of August, 2011.  Be sure to click on the link above to view ALL the Inspection Reports for ALL the Gas Operators doing business in Arlington.  There are a lot of them.  And there are clearly a lot of issues.  But not to worry.

The primary violation on most of them is "No fire extinguisher on site."  Oh, and N/ASounds good, even though many of the pictures show what appear to be a ton of violations. Oh, well.

Then there's this one ~ Chesapeake's Pruett Site at 2000 South Watson Road (Page 92 of the Inspection Report) *with labels and colors added for emphasis*

Clearly, Harold Sutton is a very smart Gas Well Inspector/Former Streetscape Inspector. He knows that being anywhere near a FRAC job is not advisable. Feel safe, Arlington.  Yee Haw.

Welcome to Arlington, TX