Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"It Was A Gas Well or Something" (Updated)**

Palo Pinto County Fire South of Possum Kingdom Lake ~ Go to 3:57 to Hear From the Rancher

At 3:57, the Ranch Manager answers the question from the reporter, "It was a gas well or something...they [the firemen] asked me if lighting struck."

**Update: Maybe "the something" was a lighting strike to a "tank battery" as shown in this picture snapped by TXSharon in Wise County, TX in 2008: 

from the TXSharon Collection

Monday, August 29, 2011

Going, Going, GONE!!

Southeast Arlington, TX:    Here are just a couple of pictures showing the Fulson/West Wing drilling site and the big water hose still attached to the fire hydrant (as of Friday, August 26, 2011):

Seems the City Of Arlington** would "require" Chesapeake to "unhook" the water hose from the fire hydrant, remove the meter and tidy things up since (as of August 16, 2011) city officials said there are no current drilling activities at this controversial, neighborhood drilling site!?**

**Home Rule.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's a Hurricane

The Councilman does have a very nice résumé.

Here's how you, too, can become a landman:
A landman is an agent hired by gas companies to negotiate with landowners in order to get a lease signed at the lowest possible price per acre with the lowest possible royalty payments for any extracted gas.

In a section titled "Talking Points for Selling Oil and Gas Lease Rights," the "Landman’s Manual" explains in detail how landmen should talk to landowners, what topics they should talk about and what topics to avoid. The manual says that "successful field agents understand what points to focus on so the benefits outweigh the cons."

According to the manual, most landowners don’t know the difference between hydraulic fracturing and slick water hydraulic fracturing. The landmen are told to use this fact to their advantage, but to avoid the topic if a landowner does know about slick water fracturing.


The manual stresses the importance of telling landowners that China bought more oil than the U.S. last year.

"Fear of foreign encroachment is the biggest asset we have in selling our development strategy," it states.

Whenever the conversation with a landowner turns to local issues or environmental hazards, the landmen are instructed to reiterate the fact that China bought more gas than the U.S. last year.

Landmen are told to avoid talking about property values. According to the manual, multiple studies have found that property values decrease for land with oil and gas leases on the property and several major banks have stopped issuing mortgages on these properties. If backed into this issue, the landmen are told to "talk about the potential revenues and the overall needs of the nation" and to once again reiterate the point that China bought more gas than the U.S. last year.

The manual instructs the landmen to talk to men whenever possible because "men are more likely to sign than women. Men don’t like to believe that they know less than you do, so they are less likely to ask questions."

Oh, those landmen.  They just don't want to talk to women!  So, what is it? I mean, what the frack is going on?? $$

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Recruiter Rants: Why You Aren't Getting Hired

Listen as a veteran recruiter rants about today's job seekers and what they are doing wrong. Its a must listen.

The Water Mafia Strikes Again!!

It's a Lollapalooza!!
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) August 23, 2011 - While many North Texans are being asked to conserve water during a statewide drought, three large pipelines are pulling millions of gallons of water out of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, near West Seventh Street.

The pipelines cross over several roads and trails in Trinity River Park. They were put into place just days before water restrictions are expected to shut off sprinklers in Fort Worth, leaving lawns to dry out.

“They’re just like big straws,” explained nearby resident Don Young, who has seen these pipelines before. “They just suck water from the river or lake or wherever.”

Where are the pipelines taking the water? Follow them past raised sidewalk sections and roadway crossings and you will end up at a natural gas well located just outside of Trinity River Park, operated by Chesapeake Energy.
  And It's Growing the Franchise.

Thank you, Don Young, of  Fort Worth Can Do...
for Your Efforts From the Beginning. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

61 years old - 41 miles and not even tired

I am fortunate to live in the most spectacular county on the East Coast for biking - Chester County. The county is west of Philadelphia. County seat is West Chester. Plus I am lucky enough to have the most talented group of like-minded folks with which to bike. All of us are past 50, some past 60 and we all rock on the bike. Off we go and knock off 30 or more miles without a blink.

We all bike well and often. We climb hills and handle ourselves on the road with confidence. Biking, if you are nearly retirement, is probably the best activity you can do. It is easy on the knees and you can sit the entire time if you choose. You can go slow or fast. It does not matter as long as you are out enjoying the fresh air. We have spotted herons and bald eagles on our rides. The bike allows you to find roads in your area that you did not know existed until you climbed onto a bike. Chester County is loaded with tertiary roads.

Today we rode through gorgeous horse farms and a covered bridge. The Biker Chicks are one lucky group. We are healthy enough to bike and lucky enough to live in Chester County.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

The Water Mafia???

So...Buy it From the City of Arlington, TX
And Then Truck It To Another Site in Another City or Maybe

Sell It To the Highest Bidder!?
Chesapeake's Fulson Site, 5720 S. Watson Road
(360 Near Sublett aka Camp Wisdom Road) 

Arlington, TX 
(August 12, 2011)

A Recent Picture from one of our Facebook Friends in ARKANSAS...Demand is High.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cloud Computing and Local Government

Here is the presentation I gave in relation to the disortation regarding my recent CIO certification course. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dear Governor Corbett and PENN DOT

Some folks that run the Pennsylvania Transportation Department feel that using oil and chips is a fine way to resurface a road. Today I learned that PENN DOT dumped a truckload of oil and chips on some of the most scenic roads in Chester County.

The big trucks dump tons of stones and oil and make a complete mess of smooth surfaced roads. And since these are back roads, they stay in this awful condition for months before cyclists and motor cyclists can use the roads.

Not to mention the mess the stones make with the properties that abut these roads. Gravel, several inches thick, lines the roads making them near unusable for cyclists. I guess the BIKE HATERS are happy to see the roads made impassable for anything other than tractors and 4 wheel vehicles.

SO I ASK the legislature of Pennsylvania why, as citizens of this state, we have NO SAY in how the roads are surfaced? I am willing to pay for macadam. The days of thinking of Chester County as some backwater farming community are long past.

Chester County is a premier biking community. It is a premier place to live. Many motorcyclists also use these roads. I bike past magnificent homes and horse farms in Chester County. These folks cannot be happy taking their cars on these roads either. It has to ruin paint jobs and nick up the surface.

What does tar and chip do for a road? Is it a worthwhile resurface treatment and why oh why cannot we not get macadam for our roads?

Where do my taxes go? Make a special tax for road resurfacing. I am more than willing to pay it if my county's roads got paved instead of ruined for months and months.

Come on Harrisburg, get into the 21st century and use a paving material that is not dangerous for cyclists and cars alike. So Gov, come on out and take a pleasant ride on our newly ruined roads. Better come in a tank.

Drought Nightmare

Chesapeake's Equipment Enters the Pad Site

August 3, 2011

With the Ground "Watered Down," 
the Pad Site (850 feet from the 
Joe Pool Lake Dam and Spillway)  is prepped
for More Drilling and More Fracking

Water Tanker Truck Leaving the Pad Site

The Grand Prairie, TX Mandatory Water Restrictions Began on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. 

Chesapeake must not have read the notice??$$

We continue to worry about all our neighbors in the southernmost parts of Grand Prairie, TX ~ especially those living closest to the Dam and Pad Site (500 feet for our neighbors on Donnie Lane who have never signed fossil fuel leases).  

Earthquakes reported to our south and to our north.  4 More Wells Scheduled for Drilling and Fracking at this Site.  The ground cracking and shriveling up  from the drought. 

It's a recipe for all kinds of catastrophic possibilities. 

Pray for us, please.  Thank you.**


Sunday, August 7, 2011

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Grand Prairie, TX Says No to Drilling and Fracking!!

Stage 2 Water Restrictions 

Click Here.

~ No more of this ~

Mandatory restrictions for Grand Prairie residents and businesses require:
  • No watering on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday

  • Even numbered addresses water lawns on Mondays and Thursdays

  • Odd numbered addresses water lawns on Tuesdays and Fridays

  • No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

It also means that the Gas Operators can't have our water, either.  Oh, they can apply for an "Exception," per well, but truly, can we, the people, apply for an exception? If we can't, then they shouldn't be able to either. So, if Chesapeake or the others need to drill or frack during this Emergency, they might as well forget it!!

We hear that the operators have already been applying for these "Exceptions" at the Grand Prairie Water Department. But we were also told today (by City representatives) that it will be very unlikely that they will get them. We need our water!!

This is a very serious situation!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mayor of Arlington, TX Says...

It's my Party and "I'll Smile If I Want To."

Not Sure

We're very glad to see that our Grand Prairie City Council is apparently going to view the 60-Minutes Video about shale gas drilling (featuring Tim and Christine Ruggiero) during their Pre-Council Meeting at 4:30 PM Tuesday.

We were also very happy to see some of the City Councilmen and  the Councilwoman at the Betty Warmack Library Saturday morning for a public discussion of the proposed redistricting map.  

Lots of references to "one man, one vote."   No references to "one woman, one vote," or even, "one person, one vote." And numerous references to how "diverse" our city is.  But no references to how our City Council is not diverse at all And no. Neither our current representative, Ron Jensen, nor our proposed representative, Bill Thorn, were present.  We understand. We don't like to miss our Saturday morning toons, either. 

So, some of us are headed to Dallas  City Hall Tuesday night to warn the Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force about going down this yellow brick road

Yee Haw.