Incestuous fracking Texas job hoppers / Whites rant on CO2=life

September 19, 2014 update…

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Staples will step aside as Agriculture Commissioner for private sector Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples (pictured) Thursday confirmed rumors that he would step aside from his statewide elected office to lead the Texas Oil and Gas Association as its next president. Staples is expected to leave the agency he has served as commissioner since 2006 within the next two months. He will take over the lead role at the association in January.

Todd Staples‘ job move from Ag Commissioner to TOGA president (mentioned above) is at the same level of hypocrisy as the Texas Farm Bureau lead, Kenneth Dierschke, is.

Watch Kenneth complain in a EPA bashing congressional hearing where he comments on how “the EPA wants to keep the cows away from contaminated water”…at 1:08:08 into this video…

http://science.edgeboss.net/wmedia/science/sst2014/FC020514.wvx

In that hearing, Kenneth and Bud Weinstein (an SMU Economist) are witnesses…and Weinstein is called out for his conflict of interest….hah!

Locally over the years I recall the Ft Worth Gas Well environmental guy..whats his name..?… going to work for Chesapeake…just like our Tony Rutigliano  was an assistant to the mayor in Arlington and went to work for Chesapeake presenting gas well cases before council. Then before the big Chesapeake layoffs began, Tony went to work as CEO for the The Downtown Arlington Management Corporation. He gets his salary from this private, non-profit community development organization funded through a taxing program imposed from the Downtown Business Improvement District and subsequent district tax, which began Oct. 1 in 2010. “The tax will provide additional resources to continue the development of areas within the boundaries of Cooper and Collins streets and North and Second streets”. Ironically Tony presented the Truman drill site for council’s approval on North St at Truman which is 2,500 feet from the ATT Stadium…nice work.

Watch Tony at the 5 minute mark do the mating call “dance” as he plays out his role in this fracking mess…

Now we’ve had folks at the RRC and the TCEQ go to work for the industry…Michael O’Quinn left the RRC to work in the industry to work for Crain Energy.…feel free to comment and I’ll add info….

Jessica Minley, a City of Arlington Gas Well Specialist, came from the TCEQ….but thats a good thang.

Collin Gregory replaced Arlington’s gas well coordinator, Darrin Groth, who went to work in Denton as their Gas Well Administrator.

Here are a few Gubner’ Perry aPointed jobbers…

Michael Williams (degreed in law) to the lead the Texas Education Agency, and….

I do agree with Governor Perry in having appointed Carlos (a good guy) Rubinstein (formerly with the TCEQ) as chairman of the Texas Water Development board (TWDB). This man worked his way up the ranks and actually voted down an injection well citing water contamination risk.

Governor Perry also recently appointed Kathleen Jackson (former Exxon PR executive…go fracking figure) to fill the third TWDB seat. 

Elizabeth Ames Jones to the Railroad Comission to oversee the Oil & Gas industry when she earned a bachelors degree in Journalism…..imagine that?

But alas Kathleen Hartnett White (see her rant below) & Elizabeth have their daddies to thank for their success because they both come from a lineage of cattle and oil. In Texas thats ‘snuff to get U an incestuous job.

Former TCEQ Chairman & Commissioner nonscientist, Kathleen Hartnett White was Perry appointed in 2001 to serve & protect (the oil and gas industry?). 

Prior to that she “served on the Texas Water Development Board, the Texas Economic Development Commission and the Environmental Flows Study Commission. Kathleen now is an officer and a director of the Lower Colorado River Authority – her fifth gubernatorial appointment.”

Here are Kathleen White’s comments below in italics on CO2 = Life  ….IMG_2119

This morning while tuning in to hear an Arlington reporter speak on the upcoming Urban Shield exercise on the Mark Davis Show, later Mr Davis interviewed Kathleen White on why the EPA is taking public comment on setting rules to reduce CO2 on existing power plants. Right out of the gate they both agreed that CO2 = Life (*why regulate it?) and so I decided to find out why “she” was chosen to be interviewed on the Mark Davis Show regarding this hearing. I was NOT surprised to find out she did NOT have a background in Environmental Science.

It turns out that her expertise is in cows, religion, law, and I quote…”White received her bachelor cum laude and master degrees from Stanford University where for three years she held the Elizabeth Wheeler Lyman Scholarship for an Outstanding Woman in the Humanities“.

I will now state that this is my opinion of this woman and I will plead for protection under the Texas Anti Slapp Suit law in the event I ruffle her precious, rich-ass feathers.

Nonscientist White goes after two actual scientists in her article… http://www.statesman.com/news/news/white-a-fog-around-smog/nStMJ/ .

I highly encourage you to read the comments on this too.

She boldly states…  “Emissions of VOCs from Barnett Shale production are increasingly a non-problem. Most of the natural gas in the Barnett Shale formation is what geologists call “dry gas.” With little to zero associated liquids, VOCs are unlikely to be emitted from most dry gas wells.”  But I laugh with a hearty “HA HA HA” as I myself who also have no degree in environmental science challenge her to tell me what is coming off of these storage -stanks-  in this TCEQ generated video of infrared captured emissions at the Lake Arlington Pipeline Compressor Station. BTW this video is the same facility that she bashes the work of one of the scientists in this article.

I also challenge White who says our Barnett Shale gas is unlikely to have (harmful?) liquids when a citizen funded air test failed for Benzene and Napthlene here in nearby Colleyville TX.

In addition to bashing scientists, she proudly displays her Manmade Climate Change Denialism in yet another article of her own nonscientific work explaining how CO2 isn’t DIRECTLY harmful to breathe and how laws aren’t important if they don’t pertain to the “here and now”. She wrote …“Ambient refers to the air humans breathe—what surrounds us now at ground levels, not atmospheric accumulations 30 to 50 years in the future as predicted by the official science of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

In this same article, http://www.texaspolicy.com/center/energy-environment/opinions/are-texas-power-plants-cleanest-or-dirtiest, she trys to paint the picture that Texas’ huge share of the United States overall pollution is cleaner relative to the jobs this pollution creates……..

“Natural processes create about 200 billion tons of CO2 per year. Man-made CO2 emissions may generate about 7 billion tons. Have we forgotten that CO2 is a ubiquitous component of the natural process photosynthesis, on which all life depends?”

So I ask Ms White, if man contriubtes <4% of CO2, shouldn’t we give up on regulating CO2 and instead focus on all the fracking related Methane losses since CH4 speeds up global warming?*  Oh wait…TCEQ doesn’t even test for Methane on their ambient monitors and suma canisters.
So how much Methane is in our URBAN DRILLING CESSPOOL AIRSHED?….
Well when Ft Worth had ERG do that one million dollar air test, they said our ambient Methane levels were at  5-10 ppm methane when the world wide background average is 2 ppm……nice work Perry…your NON-SCIENTIST appointees are apparently adept at wasting away our natural resources “and” our health & environment for …jobs….
Perry related commerce is at the expense of having an inhabitable planet for our children’s future.
C02 & CH4 = jobs NOT LIFE!
Earth to Perry and his piss ant appointees….Renewable Energy Sources = Jobs AND Life
*No we don’t give up on controlling the manmade portion of CO2 because THAT amount is what nature cannot handle…..‘The Earth has a natural CO2 cycle that moves massive amounts of CO2 into and out of the atmosphere. The oceans and land vegetation release and absorb over 200 billion metric tons of carbon into and out of the atmosphere each year. When the cycle is balanced, atmospheric levels of CO2 remain relatively stable. Human activities are now adding about 7 billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year, which is only about 3-4% of the amount exchanged naturally. But that’s enough to knock the system out of balance, surpassing nature’s ability to take our CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere. The oceans and land vegetation are absorbing about half of our emissions; the other half remains airborne for 100 years or longer. This is what is causing the rapid buildup of CO2, a buildup that dwarfs natural fluctuations.’

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I ran City Council Seat to try to enforce this. I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town, and have become ultra sensitive to pollution since urban drilling has come to Arlington TX. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to the new industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood.
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