BREAKING! Austin Energy on a path to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 – resolutions passed

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Prayer portion preps their victory at the beginning of the evening….

Here is the link to last night’s Austin City Council meeting …

“we shall overcome some day …”  was yesterday/today for tomorrow! 

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Smitty Smith of Public Citizen looking tired (yes it was very late) addresses council with dollars and “sense” figures….money talks and solar “IS” cheap!


Dave Cortez wrote on Facebook…
“VICTORY in Austin tonight. We beat the Chamber of Commerce. The corporate utility. The mayor. The industrial energy lobby. They resorted to procedural tactics and delays….we mobilized hundreds of people and deployed nonviolent civil disobedience to carry it over the top.

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We beat two gas plants tonight. We commissioned a comprehensive overview of how energy efficiency programs serve the poor. We set Austin Energy on a path to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. We expanded access to local solar via leasing. And we won a commitment to one of the largest amounts of solar for a major metro city in the entire US.

The best part…the BEST PART….the photos of Austin Energy execs being cocky and arrogant at Perry’s steakhouse, prematurely celebrating a “win….followed by their foot stomping anger about a perversion of the democratic process because they chose drinks while we chose victory via direct action.

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comment on FB … “Out drinking, while this very important resolution was being discussed”

¡Adelante, compas!”

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Late night high-fiving on this path to Austin sustainability and affordable energy!


As we are sitting here in Arlington, we are jealous but thankful for your leadership and hope other Texas cities will soon follow you! Here is the wording as appeared in the agenda items…

Items 157 & 158
157. Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to implement policies recommended by the 2014 Generation Resource Planning Task Force and the Electric Utility Commission that will reduce harmful emissions and the negative impacts of global warming.

( Notes: SPONSOR: Council Member Chris Riley CO 1: Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole CO 2: Council Member Mike Martinez )

158. Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to create policies which increase energy efficiency program offerings for low income and low-moderate income customers, and creating a Low Income Consumer Advisory Task Force.

( Notes: SPONSOR: Council Member Kathie Tovo CO 1: Council Member Laura Morrison CO 2: Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole )

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In Arlington, adding new gas wells to an existing pad site gets NO PUBLIC REVIEW

There are two ways to know if more wells will be drilled on an already existing padsite in Arlington (gasland) Texas…..

1) If you see/smell/hear & feel ( sick?) drilling activity in your neighborhood  

2) Or if you regularly check this city link “Permit Status – Administrative Process” 

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Some time ago City Council grew weary of hearing me speak against every gas well up for permit. They really did not enjoy the endless begging of other people asking council not to allow a high impact industrial process into their neighborhoods.

I remember a few years ago, one mam in a wheelchair who couldn’t speak. He had his wife read his letter for him. In that case, they were actually successful in getting the well permit denied…after the vote he was crying real tears of joy….that is forever ingrained on my brain…I am in fight not flight mode and no one can turn me off.

In order for council to have the luxury of not having the gas well permits land on the City Council agenda, they….

1) first had to amend the original Special Use Permit to allow for a “drilling zone”. Establishing the drilling zone officially states how many well heads can fit on the property.

2) If the driller does not have outstanding inspection violations, and once 

3) council approves the first well ON the new drilling zone (which both council votes usually happen the same night), then

the rest of the wellheads can be “permitted” by a person sitting behind a desk.

Arlington residents will not have any opportunity for public comment. 

Most will not know until the derrick goes up.


My prediction is that this administrative process WILL come back to haunt them one day.




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H2S killed 9 people in Denver back in 1975 – 14 yr old Clara’s last love note posted here

In a book you can buy called “Shale Gas Production Processes” by James G Speight, he says… “The Barnett Shale resource play of North Texas, for examle, contains several hundred parts per million (ppm v/v) of hydrogen sulfide and much higher amounts of carbon dioxide (in the percent v/v range).”

I have blooged about H2S in the past….

Ohiogasdrilling.files.wordpress re-posted a pdf file from the Houston Chronicle ……. I boldfaced for emphasis and ease of reading…

Ohio’s Lack of Regulation of Hydrogen Sulfide- Risk Assessment

“The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality limits H2S emissions in residential and commercial areas to 0.08 parts per million (ppm) to protect the public. At 100 ppm of H2S, one breath will kill a person instantly. Even much less concentrations will cause severe sickness.” Texas A&M Engineer, C. Morgan for POGCO Death came from a cloud / A silent killer took 9 lives in 1975. Could it happen again? JIM MORRIS Staff SUN 11/09/1997 The Houston Chronicle, Section Special, Page 2, 2 STAR Edition DENVER CITY – Faye Bernard has preserved the note, scribbled in the looping cursive of a teen-age girl.

“Moma [sic]: I’m gonna spend the night with Dee Dee,” it reads. “Love, Clara.”

This brief and, as it turned out, heartbreaking missive was written on Saturday, Feb. 1, 1975, by 14-year-old Clara Peevy. She was letting her mother, Faye, know that she’d be staying with a friend, Dee Dee Patton, at the Patton home. The girls, whose budding social lives revolved around the Assembly of God church, were in high spirits. There had been a revival in the West Texas town all week, and 17-year-old Dee Dee had sung If That Isn’t Love on Saturday evening. “It sounded so pretty,” Bernard, 72, said recently. “It was about the prettiest she’d ever sung.” By 5:15 a.m. Sunday, Clara Peevy, Dee Dee Patton, her parents and four relatives who had spent the night with them were dead, victims of hydrogen sulfide that leaked from Arco’s Willard Unit Well No. 66, about 200 feet behind the house. A neighbor, Tom Merrill, had called to warn them that a chemical cloud had sickened his wife and might be moving their way. Still groggy in the darkness, they had suffocated seconds after rushing outside on a chilly, damp and nearly windless morning. Five bodies – including Clara’s – were found in a car, two in a pickup truck and one on the ground. A ninth victim – 19-year-old Arco employee Steve Sparger, who was responding to the leak – was found in his pickup. The position of the truck in a ditch along County Road 330 suggested that Sparger had driven into the cloud and was trying to turn around when he died. Almost 23 years after Texas’ worst hydrogen sulfide accident, all that remains of the Patton house is a cracked concrete slab. There is no memorial, no indication of any sort that lives were lost on this spot three miles north of Denver City, although the “Christmas tree” structure of Well No. 66 remains. Fleta Taylor, 70, lives about a mile from the well, as she did in 1975. She and her husband, Ben, were spared the effects of the gas, although he died of a heart attack three weeks later. Taylor said that the Patton family seemed oblivious – as did most other people – to the sour gas wells (those containing at least 100 parts per million of hydrogen sulfide) that had been drilled all over Yoakum County. Merrill, who barely got his wife and two children out of their home, told Taylor after the accident that “he could hear the Pattons crying out. Of course, they didn’t last long.” Melvin Reed, 65, was one of the volunteer firefighters on the scene. “I can still see it like it was yesterday,” he said. A crowd of onlookers – among them several timid rescue workers – had formed by the time the firefighters arrived at about 5:30 a.m, Reed said. The gas cloud was nearly stationary, rolling ever so slightly to the south.Ohio’s Lack of Regulation of Hydrogen Sulfide- Risk Assessment “Steve Sparger was one of our big football players,” said Bowman, who was teaching 11th-grade history at Denver City High School in 1975. “He was the starting fullback. He was a big, nice, likable young man.” Sparger graduated in May 1973 and, as was typical in Denver City, went straight to the oil fields. He was hired as a “computer observer” by Arco and had been married only 15 months when he died. The two investigating agencies came down hard on Arco. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for, among other things, failing to provide Sparger with respiratory protection and adequate training. The Railroad Commission found that Arco’s safety equipment at the well was not sensitive to small leaks and that the company had no written emergency plan. A black-and-white photograph in the Feb. 6, 1975, edition of the Denver City Press shows the upshot of these lapses: A living room left in disarray by the Pattons and their house guests. Two pairs of eyeglasses lie on a table in the foreground. In the background are a recliner – in its horizontal position, as if someone had been sleeping on it – and a cot covered with rumpled sheets. By the winter of 1975, oil field workers had known for decades about “rotten-egg” gas, how it could smother you in a few breaths if the concentration was high enough, how it could make you do crazy things – things a raging drunk might do – if it didn’t kill you. To the public, however, hydrogen sulfide had seemed to pose no real threat until the “white hell” (as the Press depicted the cloud) claimed nine lives in the little town just east of the New Mexico line. It was national news, an oddity amid a numbing succession of car wrecks, plane crashes and similarly mundane disasters. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the biggest daily newspaper in the area, covered the story with particular vigor, to the great irritation of Press publisher Gene Snyder. “They had a front-page story every day for a month after it happened,” said Snyder, 68, who still runs the paper. “They kept it alive, and we were trying to forget.” The story’s prominence served at least one purpose: it forced the Railroad Commission to re-examine and ultimately tighten its Rule 36, which deals with the handling of hydrogen sulfide. Drillers and producers of sour gas wells were ordered to calculate worst-case releases, plan for emergencies and warn the public. Special conditions were placed on enhanced-recovery wells, like Arco’s No. 66, into which waste gas is reinjected to force out hard-to-capture oil. “Twenty-two years ago, you didn’t see no signs around saying ‘Poison gas,'” said Faye Bernard’s husband, Roy, whom she married after her first husband, Burl Peevy, died in 1989. Today, Denver City is teeming with such signs, some of which can be found on the lawns of nice homes in the center of town. The signs are so plentiful, in fact, that it’s easy to see how one might come to ignore them, to grow complacent about the naturally occurring chemical that contaminates oil and gas in the Wasson Field. “This whole county, they don’t want to talk about this stuff,” Melvin Reed said. In a 1993 report to Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified 14 “major H2S-prone areas” in 20 states. Four of these areas are in Texas. From 1975 through 1996, 208 hydrogen sulfide incidents – significant releases from wells or pipelines that caused, or could have caused, death or injury – were reported to the Texas Railroad Commission.

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Forum on 2009 Caddo Cow Deaths – in case the link is removed

LISTEN to related story HERE on cows eating fodder grown with fracking waste…geesch…makes me wanna be a vegan!

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Herd of dead cows next to a drilling site
by Charl » Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:43 pm

They say some 30+ are now dead … ld-30832/#

19 head of cattle die near north La. gas well

SPRING RIDGE, La. — Nineteen cattle have died in in northwest Louisiana and investigators collected water samples Wednesday to determine if pollutants from a nearby natural gas well might have tainted their pastureland, a state environmental official said.

“It looks like some type of production fluid has run offsite and the cows got into it, ingested it,” said Otis Randle, regional manager for the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The owner had about 40 beef cows with calves in the pasture, said Sam Irwin, spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry. He said 19 cows died but all of the calves _ he did not know how many or whether they were old enough to sell for beef _ were fine. Tissue samples from the dead cattle and one survivor were sent to Texas A and M for analysis, Irwin said.

Randle cautioned that no determination has been made so far whether a chemical spill occurred and inspectors were collecting the water samples for testing.

Randle said he will request results as soon as possible and hopes to get them within a week. He said investigators found white, milky puddles here and there both on the well site and in a 400 square-yard area just inside the pasture.

Investigators couldn’t tell where it came from, he said.

“As soon as we get results back, we’ll be able to identify the product. When we do that, we’ll know whose they were and where it came from,” Randle said.

He said the well’s owner, Chesapeake Energy, vacuumed up the puddles Wednesday and planned to take soil samples and excavate the affected area Thursday.

The livestock died Tuesday near rain puddles in their pasture, said a Caddo Parish sheriff’s spokeswoman, Cindy Chadwick. Local residents reported the cattle were foaming at the mouth, bellowing and had bleeding tongues.

The pasture fence is about 150 feet from the well, said Kevin McCotter, director of corporate development in Louisiana for Chesapeake Energy, which owns the well.

Randle said he asked representatives from Chesapeake and oil service company Schlumberger Ltd. to identify any fluid that might have run into the pasture, but they said they had no indication of a spill.

McCotter said the well’s crew was injecting fluids at high pressure to break down the shale and release natural gas.

Chadwick said air quality tests Tuesday night did not indicate any danger.

Carol “C.C.” Canady, president of United Neighbors for Oil and Gas Rights, said she saw at least four cows collapse and die.

“The cows’ tongues hanging, bleeding off front and back, foaming at the mouth and bellowing” she said.

William Dubose said he captured video of yellowish-green fumes that smelled like a combination of antifreeze and petrochemical.

The cattle were on a pasture south of Spring Ridge, a community about 20 miles south of Shreveport.

The parish landfill refused to take the carcasses, so they were taken to the owners’ land for burial, Irwin said.

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Re: Herd of dead cows next to a drilling site
by Mrs.Chevyman » Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:50 pm


Another message on the site there:

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Re: Herd of dead cows next to a drilling site
by T-Rex’s Shadow » Sat May 02, 2009 9:28 am

Gas Industry to every living creature in their way: ‘I’ll get you my pretty and your lil dog too’

“Antifreeze just happens to be one of the chemicals in frack fluid.”…
So my question to all who really don’t give a damn about this earth…..
Are you ready to bleed out?
Oh, the war ain’t for the oil or so Bush tries to say, but he’ll send your sons & daughters, send them packin’ on their way. And when the troops keep dyin’ he’ll send in many more, ’cause the war is for the oil, and he’s their Corporate Whore.

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Re: Herd of dead cows next to a drilling site
by T-Rex’s Shadow » Sat May 02, 2009 9:49 am

I noticed the link I posted didn’t work in the post above……so, this should cure that problem
Oh, the war ain’t for the oil or so Bush tries to say, but he’ll send your sons & daughters, send them packin’ on their way. And when the troops keep dyin’ he’ll send in many more, ’cause the war is for the oil, and he’s their Corporate Whore.

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Re: Herd of dead cows next to a drilling site
by JUNIUS » Tue May 05, 2009 4:53 am

Charl wrote:
They say some 30+ are now dead … ld-30832/#

19 head of cattle die near north La. gas well … snp&page=8
Death came from a cloud

A silent killer took 9 lives in 1975. Could it happen again?

a final note from her daughter. An accidental release of hydrogen sulfide from this unremarkable-looking wellhead, right, killed nine people in 1975.

“DENVER CITY Faye Bernard has preserved the note, scribbled in the looping cursive of a teen-age girl.

“Moma [sic]: I’m gonna spend the night with Dee Dee,” it reads. “Love, Clara.”

This brief and, as it turned out, heartbreaking missive was written on Saturday, Feb. 1, 1975, by 14-year-old Clara Peevy. She was letting her mother, Faye, know that she’d be staying with a friend, Dee Dee Patton, at the Patton home. …” … _cloud.htm
more info:

Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137
Chief Justice MARSHALL delivered the opinion of the Court.
So, if a law be in opposition to the Constitution, if both the law and the Constitution apply to a particular case, so that the Court must either decide that case conformably to the law, disregarding the Constitution, or conformably to the Constitution, disregarding the law, the Court must determine which of these conflicting rules governs the case. This is of the very essence of judicial duty.

If, then, the Courts are to regard the Constitution, and the Constitution is superior to any ordinary act of the Legislature, the Constitution, and not such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply.”

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Re: Herd of dead cows next to a drilling site
by :-( » Sun May 17, 2009 9:22 am

I was speaking with a gentleman from Susquehanna County,he told me of a farmer there who woke up one morning to find slurry in his barn.It was coming out every water orifice in the barn.

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NC residents speak against the inadequate #fracking regs – many ask for a BAN !

WRAL was LIVE covering North Carolina residents speaking out (on a work day) in opposition to fracking. They are upset with how their leaders are ‘frack fast tracking’ with some of the least protective regulations in the nation.

This is the first of four public hearings. Click here to see the Sierra list of other meetings.



play by play….

Aug. 20, 2014 – NCSU- McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Aug. 22, 2014 – Wicker Civic Center, Sanford, NC from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

Aug. 25, 2014 – Rockingham County High School, Reidsville, NC from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

Sept. 12, 2014 – Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center- WCU, Cullowhee, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Here is a video of a speaker too choked up to speak yet her message is frackingly clear!….



Next we have….. SING IT SISTA!….

Below is a pic (boo & hiss) of the two profracking lady speakers (of which one has mineral interests). Both were wearing t-shirts that said “Energy = Jobs”…she is right but in the wrong direction.

This gal wanted a show of hands of those who used fossil fuels to drive to the public hearing and eat or drink from plastic wares/water bottles.. HOW UNORIGINAL….she is such a “status quo debbie downer” when change is possible…she gives us an incentive to stop using unnecessary fossil fuels. And until we do…she’s got a good point…lets hit them where it hurt$…

  • subscribe to renewable energy choices for your home heating/cooling,
  • use induction cooking if you have gas,
  • buy an electric car or use public transportation…these are do-able goals to budget for.

…climate change ain’t waiting for it to be afforable or easy

HEY DEBBIE LADY…providing renewable energy choices creates jobs….you-dear-debbie-downer-lady-you!


Here are five quick videos of another gal with a great accent that grabbed everyones hearts….

This gal left with some time on the clock and ran back to say one more thang and it was “DO IT” !!!!! (ie vote the frackers out of office)….

This lady was the last speaker that wore the ‘Benzene’ lapel. Yes these were organized folks who wore other tags like COPD, Asthma etc….. where were all the organized Texas gals 8 years ago? …..crickets…we were the guinea pigs.

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The meeting ended with people wanting to ask questions from the audience and was promptly cut off after answering one question confirming that the transcripts will be made.

Below is my tweet…something we can and should do during the next round of public hearings…thanks…


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Perry Indictment Proud but CPRIT shows possible retaliation as explanation

Last year I blogged on the CPRIT story as well as the TEF funds. I recently updated the story in connection to the recent Perry indictment events here on this link

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Sixth year? Infrared FLIR Camera NOT on City of Arlington budget plan… AGAIN!

After giggling in viewing a fart on an airport infrared security camera video, I’m reminded that the City of Arlington continues to refuse to budget for equipment to detect VOC’s in our airshed. I’ve grown weary of wasting my time asking in emails and asking in public at the budget hearings…year after year I ask with no feedback as to why they won’t purchase one.

Here is a link that is gaswell/budget wise related for 2014 on their website. And below is a little bit more info but NO INFRARED cameras to be purchased..hah!

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So here is another infrared video only it isn’t funny…its happening 24/7 near in our Arlington airshed that falls out into our watershed at Lake Arlington….

and here is another Arlington video from the UTArlington campus….

Today I tried to speak with just one of the five city gas well representatives…none were available (to speak to “me”?) to confirm that AGAIN the FLIR is not on the city’s radar/budget.  So with confidence I will hit the publish button cause I’m sure that they will NEVER purchase a FLIR camera that will show what they don’t wanna see….

                                                                 Industrial  P O L L U T I O N  in residential areas.

UPDATE – I hate it when I’m right…

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Bridgett White <>
To: ‘kim feil’ <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:47 PM
Subject: Question re: budget

Ms. Feil,
In response to your question re: GFIR cameras…it is not in the budget.

Bridgett White, AICP
Assistant Director/Strategic Planning Division
Community Development and Planning, City of Arlington
817.459.6660 | Fax 817.459.6671
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#RedQueen of Fracking Shale says (drill) “FASTER FASTER” just to replace petered-out production


The President of Schlumberger North America, Robert Drummond, said that they have re-frack technology to go after the fossil fuels left in the ground in existing wells already drilled all over North America.  Why keep drilling (that’s expensive) when they can just re-frack?

How much you wanna bet that the technology involves throwing more acidizing chemicals into the ground…yep thats my bet.

Meet Schlumberger’s MAXco3 …will he carry out the #RedQueen’s orders?

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