Saturday, January 28, 2012

Earth to WFAA: It's NOT Salt Water

Another Fracking Disaster

"Containment is enforced by the Texas Railroad Commission. It says all sites are required to have secondary system, in case storage tanks leak. Laws say rainwater runoff is only a problem if the water contains elevated chlorides. That would prove contact with oil and gas waste.

The Railroad Commission didn't say if it tested the water from this site.

The company did not return calls from News 8, but a manager at the site showed us how standing rainwater was pumped into those same haulers. Once collected, it was then dropped into the trough with the fracking waste.

The manager said there was never a breach in the earthen wall, but from Dunlap's property and inside the wall, one can clearly identify new gravel filling a gap in mud and grass.

Dunlap has hired a private lab to test water samples on her property.

"We know that creek goes into Joe Pool Lake, which is one of the main water sources for North Texas," she said. "I know I would not want to have that lake contaminated."

See BlueDaze's story here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


“I feel like they’re a bunch of snakes,” Watson said. “I’m 72 and I don’t have grandchildren, but there are all kinds of kids that play up and down our street here, and if Magnablend moves out here, I fear for the safety of the kids. Please pray for us, and pray for the truth to come out.”
~ Carl Watson, January 23, 2012 Waxahachie, Texas

Click here to read all about what's going on with our neighbors in Waxahachie, Texas.  Many don't want a fracking factory near them.  Especially since the other one blew up. Do you blame them?

Check out Ellis RTK on Facebook for the latest news about the Magnablend debacle.

Oh, and Joe? Well, Congressman Joe Barton is said to have told citizens that this is not a "federal" issue so he won't be involved, thank you very much.

Oh, no. "Say it isn't so, Joe!!!"  
So Sorry. 
Based on everything above and everything else 
we know:

"Your Party's Over. 
Cry If You Want To."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


HERE in Philadelphia we cannot stop killing each other. Everyday there is a story about the senseless death of a young person. This past weekend a young man was brutally beaten to death when he interacted with strangers in a passing car. A quick use of the "f" bomb and three men jumped out of a car and beat to death a 23 year old man.

What does this have to do with cycling? Plenty! I hear stories from fellow cyclists that go something like this; this da**m guy in a pick up truck, who does he think he is, or some guy in a big SUV buzzed me, I gave that jerk the finger to show him and it goes on and on.

SO RULE NUMBER ONE for cyclists - Never interact with a motorist. Never give a motorist the finger. Never try to make a point with a motorist. Their car is bigger than your bike. Their car may have a loaded gun in it.

And please stop making assumptions about the folks in the cars or trucks that pass you. You have no idea what is going on in that person's life or day and to make assumptions about the drivers of these cars is plain arrogant.

When you bike, go out and enjoy yourself. If an unruly driver is coming, pull over and let him or her pass. Don't try to make a point. As it might get you killed.

Monday, January 16, 2012

10 tips for job hunters in 2012

Welcome to the 2012 job hunting season, its officially open with the new year and the first day back to work.

January is almost always the busiest hiring month of the year thanks to new budgets being unleashed into the recruiting wild. Many of you will be looking for a new gig this year so here's what you really NEED to know about today's job market.

1. Hiring will be better than last year. Economists expect an average of 175,000 new jobs to be created each month. Things are slowly getting better.

2. The resume black hole still exists. Even if you submit your resume into an ATS (applicant tracking system) its always a good idea to find another way into the company and get your resume in front of an actual person.

3. It's still a "buyers market", at least in most industries. Many employers are still looking for an 'exact DNA match" to their open positions.

4. Age discrimination is still rampant. You need to fight it. Here are some links to help.

5. It's always better to have your resume written by a professional resume writer. Make an investment, get it done.

6. Hiring cycles are still long and drawn out. Be patient after your first interview. There are lots of variables that go into making a hiring decision.

7. When search for jobs online, ignore the job date. If its 2-3 weeks old there is still a very good chance the job is still open and the company is still interviewing.

8. When using job search engines realize they aren't as inclusive as you think. They now only index those companies/job boards that pay them. You still need to seek out the niche and local job boards in your field. You must maximize your search.

9. Tap the hidden job market. Look for companies that are growing and take any job to get your foot in the door. You'll have more job security in the long run.

10. Realize technology is changing the way we work. You need to keep up with it. Don't be left behind.

Thanks for reading and happy hunting everyone. Go get'em!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Another Catastrophic Pipeline Explosion

The story about last night's Kentucky pipeline explosion is here.
As of 10:00 p.m. Monday, the fire from a gas pipeline explosion has finally started to die down.
The explosion happened Monday evening at a horse farm in the 8000 block of Winchester Road in northern Estill county.

Officials tell NEWSFIRST at the fire's peak, flames shot between 1,000 and 1,500 feet into the air. Callers to the NEWSFIRST newsroom reported seeing the glow as far away as Lexington, Cynthiana, Fleming county and Mount Olivet.

The Red Cross say 30 homes were evacuated from the blast area. The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Estill Springs Middle School. Anyone in need of a place to stay should proceed to the school before 11:00 p.m. They can also call the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross at 859-253-1331.

Officials say no one was hurt in the explosion. They also say no structures were ever threatened by the fire. No property damage has been reported.

Officials with Columbia Gas are on the scene. There's no word, right now, on what caused the explosion.

Thank you, TXSharon, for the story on Bluedaze. In light of the Grand Prairie, TX City Council vote this's just one more reason for our concern about DFW Midstream's gas gathering pipelines going in so close to our neighborhoods.

We are reminded of the the June 7, 2010 North Texas Pipeline Explosion:

Monday, January 2, 2012

Passionate about the Hidden Job Market

Career Coach Mary Elizabeth Bradford stops by to tell us why job seekers need to tap the hidden job market. Start the 2012 job hunting season, download this podcast today!