First Letter 2 Arlington Mayor Williams = PA Gov Letter 2 Chamber on Sustainability

“Creating billions $ fossil fuel subsidies = neglecting sensible long-term solar/wind investments ~ a choice w/consequences 4 our children..” was the gist of my first communication attempt with our new Arlington TX mayor.
It was welcomed delight to get our old mayor‘s email response…not that he ever responded to me on email.
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The remainder of that email starts off with comments from a Ft Worth citizen who has mentored me in this frack fight who is a retired physicist/engineer and then he forwards along the RDA news letter from the group who posted the Pennsylvania governor’s letter to the Chamber of Commerce on subsidizing and sustainability.
Here is the letter that was sent to Jeff Williams, our new Arlington mayor….
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: “” <>; Robert Rivera <>; Robert Cluck <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Robert Shepard <>; Lana Wolff <>; Charlie Parker <>; Jimmy Bennett <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Don Crowson <>; Cynthia Simmons <>; Jim Parajon <>; Cindy Powell <>; Bridgett White <>; Tony Rutigliano <>; Collin Gregory <>; “” <>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 9:12 AM
Subject: Subsidizing Unsustainability letter to Chamber from Gov Wolf PA/response to TX ban on fracking bans
Creating billions $ fossil fuel subsidies = neglecting sensible long-term solar/wind investments ~ a choice w/consequences 4 our children..Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF
From: “Jerry lobdill
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 6:05 AM
Subject: [BarnettShale_GassedNGastly] Fw: Subsidizing Unsustainability

The most disturbing thing for the future of Texas (and indeed, for every state) I’ve heard this week is seen below–the signing of the bill enacting a law prohibiting municipal and county governments from banning fracking. This law makes it impossible for cities to protect its residents from having to live next to a drilling pad, a gas gathering line, produced water holding tanks, gas processing plants, compressors, and the cancer-producing fumes these installations inevitably emit, and the dangers of pipeline explosions. 
This is the final death blow to the concept of home rule for municipalities, a concept that has been enshrined in the state constitution of Texas and most other states since the nation was founded. The logic behind home rule is that the local government, acting for the protection of its citizens from dangerous commercial activities, knows best what activities must be prohibited in proximity to homes, schools, churches, parks, and other places where people gather. It has been recognized that people have a inalienable right to be secure from industrial activities that are dangerous, a nuisance, or otherwise deemed generally incompatible with public health or public safety. This is the bedrock upon which the power of zoning in cities is based.
What the new law permits is the unrestricted power of a dangerous private enterprise to install whatever it wants next to our homes, and this power, if regulated at all, will be regulated by the state of Texas by decision makers whose lives, liberties, health, and property are not threatened by any decision they make in Austin, far from the activities they permit. 
It is argued by the flannel-mouthed lawyers for the oil and gas industry that this law prevents the majority in an area from denying a willing landowner his God-given right to profit from his real property regardless of any burden it may place upon his neighbors. This is a false argument that probably would be a loser before the US Supreme Court. This new law should be appealed to that highest authority without delay.
Jerry Lobdill

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Responsible Drilling Alliance <>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 4:32 AM
Subject: Subsidizing Unsustainability


Subsidizing Unsustainablility
May 22, 2015
Fossil fuel in the foreground and alternative energy in the background,
seen in this photo and in government-subsidized energy policies. Photo credit: Brooke Woodside
Subsidies: your tax dollars at work improving the bottom line of private corporations.
What would Pennsylvania’s future look like if the playing field was leveled and energy subsidies removed from the equation? One thing is certain; the risk of placing so many eggs in the fossil fuel basket would be blatantly evident. In PA, the fossil fuel industry gobbles up $3.2 billion, nearly the entire energy subsidy pie. Read more in this week’s feature story.
Such is not the case with government subsidies in many other countries and states. While PA’s DEP has issued 16,319 drilling permits, New York and Hawaii have a different outlook on the future. Hawaii recently passed legislation that would require 100% of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy by 2045. What would subsidizing a sustainable energy future look like? One thing is certain, it would not look like forests and landscapes fragmented by access roads and well pads or hundreds of miles of new pipelines. It would not include the 1,790,382,904 (yes, that’s nearly 2 BILLION) gallons of liquid waste generated to date by PA gas wells.
Along with hundreds of other petroleum-loving business folks, Williamsport Chamber of Commerce president Vince Matteo received a letter from Governor Tom Wolf this week. One thing is certain; Vince did not agree with the letter. You can decide who you agree with, as we share Governor Wolf’s letter with you in article #2 this week.
A ban on bans? “In Other News” links to a story by Russell Gold of the Wall Street Journal about Texas Governor Abbott (R) signing a law prohibiting municipal and county governments from banning fracking. One thing is certain; this is all part of a broader legislative and judicial effort backed by the oil industry to limit local governments’ ability to regulate drilling.
The window for comments on DEP’s proposed rulemaking for oil and gas operations has now closed. RDA joined with many other NGO’s and submitted our final comments, which can be accessed by clicking here. RDA offers a sincere thanks to all of our members who submitted comments on these crucial regulations.
One final thing is certain, there’s a lot to learn in this week’s newsletter.
Thanks for staying informed.
Barb Jarmoska
RDA Board of Directors
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Report:  PA dishes out $3.2 billion in fossil fuels subsidies while state faces $1.5 billion deficit
by Natasha Khan – Public Source – 4/15/15
A new report says Pennsylvania provided more than $3.2 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, much of which went to the state’s booming natural gas industry, at a time when the state carries a $1.5 billion budget deficit and very little investment in the renewable energy industry.
“This report is about transparency,” Rob Altenburg, director of PennFuture’s Energy Center, the group that put out the report, said in a statement. “Creating billions of dollars worth of fossil fuel subsidies while neglecting sensible long-term investments is a choice that has consequences not only for the citizens of Pennsylvania today but for our children and future generations.”

A fossil fuel subsidy is “any government action that lowers the cost of fossil fuel energy production, raises the price received by fossil fuel energy producers, or lowers the price paid by fossil fuel energy consumers,” according to the International Energy Administration.

PennFuture, a state environmental advocacy group, said the cost of these subsidies equals about $724 per Pennsylvania taxpayer.

Subsidies have increased recently, too. A previous PennFuture report for fiscal year 2011-2012 showed annual fossil fuel subsidies were $2.9 billion. The new report looked at fiscal year 2012-2013.

“We need to evaluate the total costs of ongoing subsidies, especially with respect to unconventional shale gas development,” said PennFuture President and CEO John Norbeck in the statement, “in the hopes of avoiding the historical remediation and reclamation costs the state, and taxpayers, have endured on abandoned oil, gas and coal extraction sites. We can’t go down that road again.”
From the report:

Most federal fossil fuel subsidies are directed toward the “extraction and production” phase of the fuel cycle, essentially improving the economics of fossil fuel extraction. In Pennsylvania, the majority of state-based subsidies are directed toward the “end use” phase of the fuel cycle, making use of fossil fuels more attractive to users in the state.

The report laid out several recommendations moving forward, including further research needed on potential subsidies and the long-term liabilities of unconventional shale gas development, and having a non-partisan governmental group develop a comprehensive report on fossil fuel subsidies.

Reach Natasha Khan at or 412.315.0261. Follow her on Twitter @khantasha.


Governor Wolf Tells PA Chamber to Stop Putting Oil and Gas Interests Ahead of Children and Schools
Harrisburg, PA – 5/18/15 – Governor Tom Wolf today sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry regarding their misguided opposition to a commonsense severance tax in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania remains the only major gas-producing state in the country without a tax on natural gas.

Since the introduction of Governor Wolf’s budget, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has repeatedly put oil and gas interests over the interests of children and fixing our schools. Instead of working with the governor on shared priorities including greater investments in education, manufacturing, workforce development, as well as major business tax cuts that will enable companies to invest in Pennsylvania and grow here these groups are simply supporting the status quo.

Governor Wolf sent letters to business leaders at the following organizations:

· The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
· America’s Natural Gas Alliance
· Associated Pennsylvania Constructors
· Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania
· Consumer Energy Alliance
· Manufacturer & Business Association
· Marcellus Shale Coalition
· National Federation of Independent Businesses
· Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association
· Pennsylvania Business Council
· Pennsylvania Builders Association
· Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council
· Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association
· Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
· Independent Oil and Gas Association
· Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association
· Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association

Below is the full text of Governor Wolf’s letter:

Dear _____________:

As a businessman and a former member of the board of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and the former president of my local board, I am disappointed that you have come out in opposition to a commonsense severance tax that will help to fund Pennsylvania’s schools and achieve many of our shared priorities. Furthermore, it seems that your decision is based less on the facts and our shared policy goals, and more on your need to appease oil and gas special interests.

When I crafted my budget, I took many ideas from the business community including increased funding for schools to produce a strong workforce, a lower corporate net income tax, an end of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax, and an investment in manufacturing and workforce development. Politics aside, I know from my experience in business that these ideas work and as business people yourselves, you know the same.

Your organizations support lowering the Corporate Net Income Tax, phasing out the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax, investing in manufacturing and our workforce, and most importantly, funding our schools and making sure that you have a strong workforce to draw from. But instead of working together to achieve our shared goals, you have chosen to side with corporate special interests who simply seek to oppose progress and real economic development.

The facts you outlined in your letter are simply talking points from the oil and gas drillers. It is bogus rhetoric, and it does nothing to change Pennsylvania, fix our schools, or create jobs. You know that the severance tax I’ve proposed is critical to getting Pennsylvania back on track, and it will do so at minimal cost to Pennsylvania citizens. You know that since Pennsylvania exports a significant amount of the natural gas it produces, an estimated 80% of the tax will be paid by non-Pennsylvanians. Furthermore, despite false claims to the contrary, natural gas companies remain strongly profitable. Last year the value of natural gas severed in Pennsylvania was nearly $11 billion, up from $4 billion in 2011. Moreover, natural gas prices, which have been depressed both nationally and locally, are expected to improve significantly by the time the severance tax takes effect next year.

You have repeatedly called for major reductions in our Corporate Net Income Tax rate. My budget cuts the CNI in half. Why aren’t you supporting me on this?

You have long said we have to end the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax. My budget does so on Jan 1. Why aren’t you working with me to end the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax?

You have called for a stronger education system. Education is the cornerstone of my budget. And the investments we will make in our schools will come from a commonsense severance tax. Why aren’t you working with me to fix our schools?

You have called for workforce development and a focus on manufacturing. My budget will support the growth of manufacturing in Pennsylvania and it will do so in part by strengthening our workforce. Why aren’t you working with me to create new manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania?

We cannot keep doing the same thing and expecting different results in Pennsylvania. Instead of working with me to address our shared priorities, you are standing with oil and gas special interests and opposing progress for Pennsylvania. You are ignoring your own priorities and you are hurting businesses, schools, and the people of Pennsylvania who desperately need change. It is simply unacceptable.

Now is the time to do big things in Pennsylvania. That’s what I’m trying to do. What you’re doing is ignoring your own goals and your own priorities and in the process, you’re letting down our commonwealth.

Tom Wolf

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116

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Action Points

In Other News InOtherNews

Texas Governor prohibits cities and towns from banning fracking

Last year, a city in Texas banned fracking. State lawmakers want to make sure that never happens again.
“It’s a bad situation when city leaders’ hands are tied,” said Councilman Kevin Roden. “There seems to be an attitude that big state government knows better than the citizens of a city. I just think-conservative or liberal-that is something you don’t do in Texas.”
Other critics of the bill said the balance of power between cities and the energy industry had been tilted toward drillers.



PA Natural Gas Drilling Permits and Violations 


The following were discovered through the Sky Truth website:
5-13-15 – Drill & operate well permit Issued – Shrewsbury Twp, Sullivan County (Exco Resources PA llc)
5-11-15 – Defective casing and cementing – Moreland Twp, Lycoming County (Range Resources Appalachia llc)
5-11-15 – 35-40 gallons of frack fluid was spilled and cleaned up – Anthony Twp, Lycoming County (Range Resources Appalachia llc)
5-05-15 – Drill & operate well permit issued – Loyalsock Twp, Lycoming County (Inflection Energy (PA) llc)

Merchants of Doubt
Friday, May 29, 7 pm
Campus Theatre
413 Market St, Lewisburg
This documentary focuses on the public relations business and how the same tactics used by the tobacco industry for “doubt” about cancer, are used by the gas and oil industries.
Immediately following the film, a panel will answer questions and offer insight on climate change.
Merchants of Doubt is sponsored by the Rivertown Coalition, Keystone Progress, Otzinachson Group of the Sierra Club, and the Susquehanna Valley Progressives.

Support Clean Energy in Pennsylvania
Today, under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants, Pennsylvania has an unprecedented opportunity to transition away from dirty fossil fuels and towards a cleaner, healthier future based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. By developing a strong plan to comply with the Clean Power Plan, Pennsylvania can save thousands of lives while creating jobs, lowering electric bills, and preventing the worst effects of climate change.
Tell Governor Wolf to protect the health and future of all Pennsylvanians by developing a plan that promotes zero-emitting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Respect Our Voices on Oil and Gas Oversight
If the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gass Association (PIOGA) had their way, PA shalefield residents and public interest groups would “have no place” on oil and gas oversight bodies.
Tell PA Governor Tom Wolf and DEP Secretary John Quigley that shalefield residents and public interest groups should be front and center in overseeing the oil and gas industries.

Tell Congress: America’s Public Lands are Not for Sale
This latest assault on America’s public lands is at the hands of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the new Republican chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Her amendment, which passed by two votes and is now a part of the Senate’s official budget, would fund state efforts to seize America’s public lands and then sell them off to the highest bidder.
Under state control, these public lands would likely be sold off for real estate or fossil fuel extraction. Hundreds of millions of acres of pristine public lands in the American West that are the cradle of future national parks, monuments, and preserves would instead be sacrificed to dirty oil drilling and fracking companies.
According to New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich, who stands in opposition to these attacks, “selling off America’s treasured lands to the highest bidder would result in a proliferation of locked gates and no-trespassing signs in places that have been open to the public and used for generations.”

Ban Fracking on Public Lands
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan re-introduced the bill to ban fracking on public lands (Earth Day – 4/22/15).
Fracking has already caused serious damage to our public lands, particularly in the areas that serve to buffer America’s most precious national parks and monuments. By the end of 2014, oil and gas companies had leases on over 34 million acres of public land, and over 200 million more acres are currently being targeted for drilling.

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Rabies on the Rise – beware unusually friendly wildlife or vice versa on pets

5/16/2015 North Carolina

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Boycotted Own UNT Graduation cause Gov Abbott was Speaker

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Above pic and Denton Record Chronicle story credit here“As Abbott approached the podium, half a dozen students rose to applaud him…”

Screen shot 2015-05-18 at 8.53.11 AMAnd its not like they didn’t know he wasn’t welcomed to speak at their commencement… click here to read the comments on the UNT FB account when they made this announcement.

Here is the link for the plans due to rain that was in the forecast.

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Rolling Hills Drill Site Getting New Dirt – WHY?

Tomorrow night, May 16,2015, my son’s Arlington High School Choir will have their banquet at the Rolling Hills Country Club. The work over rig had been up for over a month there and so I emailed our school leaders asking them not to patronize those locations that host adjacent drill sites.

The rig is gone and in its place now is some bull dozers and a lot of dirt…so what does that mean? Did they need to remove dirt from a spill? Are they covering up a spill?…

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From: kim feil <>

To: “” <>; Shahveer N. Dhalla <>; “” <>

Cc: “” <>; >; Jennifer S. Novoselsky <>; “” <>; Bowie Hogg <>; Timothy N. Edwards <>; Robert Rivera <>; Robert Cluck <>; Cynthia Simmons <>; Don Crowson <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Cindy Powell <>
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2015 8:42 AM
Subject: Rolling Hills Country Club has rig up-NOT SAFE 4 AISD students to breathe/be in that area!!!
Who will take the lead in finding out when that rig comes down?
When will the flow back be finished from that workover rig?
I forbid my son to attend this event!
It was bad enough that the MISD Performing Arts Centr had a flowback operation year in their back yard with the winds blowing to the building year before last (frack suds? in the parking lot that I took pictures of) and my kid spent all day there!
TODAY HB40 will be voted on for final approval of the “frack anywhere” bill banning fracking bans-we HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO BE PROTECTIVE OF PUBLIC HEALTH gong foward to fight this new law….setback is critical and one mile out may not even be safe.
This is the 7th year I’ve consistently emailed my leaders in this town with the weight of evidence that this activity should not be occurring in urban areas…I have over 500 accounts, interviews, references to white papers, news reports, etc in my blog.
AISD=enemy of student and staff public health
CITY COUNCIL=enemy of citizen health and private surface property rights
TCEQ & RRC= protector of corporations right to pollute
Federal Gov=fail
Then this is left up to the people isn’t it?…YOU BREATHE IN THIS TOWN TOO!
Sorry Mr. Barlow-you may not know that I hate fracking..I hope you know what fracking is..try to move this event please…I will protest in my own way but will not go near that site for fear of more exposures.


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twitter addresses to spread the fracking love

CUT & PASTE…for important twitter alerts like this…

Denton Death of Democracy music video

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or THIS 




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Norco Flare Pic From a Plane – Happy Mothers Day 2015

Regarding the SKYTRUTH report….

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Here are the pictures I took on May 11 2015 around 4pm from the plane as I was returning back to Arlington Gasland TexASS….–chT0BcRcCbz2a

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Tongue Choreography & Why We Need IT To Survive

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Introducing tongue choreography (scroll through the pics fast for your slide show) – my point – In this video …. THEY are in a contest…but in real life WE will be the losers if we don’t clean up our fish bowl ….‪#‎startingOVERbetterTHANextinctionEVENT‬ .

Contact your senators and representatives with a phone call to give them a firm tongue lashing that nature won’t stand for being raped/fracked, and the price to be paid is advancing.

Heres a few phone numbers..

Chairman Fraser               512-463-0124
Sen. Estes                           512-463-0130
Sen. Birdwell                      512-463-0122
Sen. Hancock                     512-463-0109
Sen. Hinojosa                    512-463-0120
Sen. Lucio, Jr.                    512-463-0127
Sen. Nichols                       512-463-0103
Sen. Seliger                       512-463-0131
Sen.  Uresti                        512-463-0119
Sen. Zaffirini                      512-463-0121

 will we ever learn… the looks of this California pic…guess not

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2009 report casual causation = caution before consuming that water

…an old story I just found and never knew existed!!!!!

“As soon as we signed our mineral rights contract with SEECO, I contacted my neighbors to find out how deep there wells were drilled. If SEECO decided to drill anywhere near us, I wanted to be able to present that information to them so they would know how deep to put the casings.

See the article below:

Dirty well water raises stink near drilling sites

Posted on Sunday, July 5, 2009


For 10 years, the well on Rebecca and Jerry Cockrell’s property delivered clean, clear water.

In December 2006, the water from the Cockrells’ well suddenly turned murky. The color varied between orange and gray. Toilets looked filthy. A film developed on a glass of tap water and stone particles settled to the bottom.

The well water turned muddy just as a natural-gas company drilled a well a few hundred feet from their house.

The Cockrells had been excited when Southwestern Energy Co. started drilling. The couple owned the mineral rights to their land and stood to make money from any natural-gas production.

“Well, the next morning I got up,” Jerry Cockrell said, “and I ran water in my sink to wash my face, and it was just gray as slate. Whoa!”

After Southwestern drilled a second well nearby, the Cockrells’ water problems worsened.

“The sulfur smell was so bad, you could not stay in the house,” Cockrell said. “When you’d take a shower, you just had to hold your breath.”

The Cockrells’ initial excitement turned to frustration as they installed a series of expensive water filters. They also asked Southwestern, which does business in Arkansas as SEECO Inc., to take responsibility for the change in the couple’s well-water quality.

The Cockrells are among at least a dozen residents in the Fayetteville Shale natural-gas drilling area who have complained about private well-water problems in the wake of drilling activity.

No one keeps tabs on how many Arkansas water-well owners living near gas wells have complaints about decreased water quality, because private water wells are not regulated.

Public health officials test well water only for bacterial contamination, and wells are exempt from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Other state agencies with regulatory authority over water have no direct responsibility for private water wells.

Studies in other states, including Alabama, Ohio, Colorado and Wyoming, indicate that some private well-water issues could be connected to naturalgas drilling.

But natural-gas drilling companies and some experts say there’s no proof that drilling activity is a direct cause of subsequent water-well problems.

The companies say they take steps to protect drinking-water aquifers and they note that the gas-containing shale lies much deeper than the aquifer.

Drilling in the Fayetteville Shale, which stretches across north-central Arkansas, started after Southwestern announced its first successful test well in 2004. Other exploration companies scrambled to grab up land and mineral rights soon after.

Today there are more than 1,300 natural-gas wells in the shale zone, with more being drilled every day.

About 21,000 residents in that seven-county area use private wells. Public water systems serve the rest of the 300,000 people in Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Pope, Van Buren, White and Woodruff counties.

Administrators for seven of the area’s public systems said they know of residents who have connected to public utilities after claiming that the quality of their well water declined after nearby natural-gas drilling.


Private well owners have complained about water problems in connection with natural-gas drilling activity to all four Arkansas agencies with some water-quality oversight – the Oil and Gas Commission, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health and the Natural Resources Commission.

But tests on complainants’ water found no traces of the chemicals used in the drilling fluids, officials said.

Dick Cassat, chief lab supervisor at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, said that water he’s tested after residents complained about nearby gas drilling was simply higher in iron and manganese, two naturally occurring substances in Arkansas groundwater sources.

Fracturing fluids can contain acetone, arsenic, benzene, cyanide, mercury, lead, uranium and zinc, as well as oil, grease and chloride.

During the fracturing process, the driller blasts perforations into the horizontal bore hole in the shale and shoots millions of gallons of a mixture of sand, water and chemicals at extremely high pressure to open up cracks in the rock, which then allows the natural gas to be captured.

“The fluids weren’t there” in inspections of water wells, said state Oil and Gas Commission Director Larry Bengal, “but there may have been a disruption of that near-surface water due to mechanical influences of the operation.”

It’s possible that natural-gas drilling disturbs the quality of well water as the drill bit cuts through the aquifer, Bengal said, but “there’s no way of proving that because there’s nothing you can measure, other than the circumstantial evidence.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studied complaints of well-water contamination related to natural-gas drilling in Wyoming, Montana, Alabama, Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico in 2004.

In Alabama, one water well “contained a milky white substance and had strong odors shortly after a fracturing event,” according to the study. After six months, the water smelled worse and occasionally had black coal particles.

But the Alabama Oil and Gas Commission said groundwater from the region often contained high concentrations of iron-reducing bacteria, “which can sometimes result in such water having an unpleasant taste or odor, or containing a white or red-brown, stringy, gelatinous material.”

Changes in water quality, appearance or water flow can also happen suddenly, even if water was previously of a high quality or quantity, Alabama regulators told the EPA.

The EPA found that some of the changes in water quality and quantity, such as those reported to Alabama authorities, “might be associated with some of the production activities,” such as “surface discharge of fracturing and production fluids, aquifer/formation dewatering, water withdrawal from production wells, methane migration through conduits created by drilling and fracturing practices, or any combination of these.”

Residents in Texas’ Barnett Shale region have seen similar problems to those found in Arkansas, according to interviews with residents and officials from the area.

But the EPA concluded that the complaints had no connection to natural-gas fracturing fluids. The EPA subsequently exempted fracturing fluids from federal safe-drinking-water standards.

Activists, such as the Oil & Gas Accountability Project, say the problems mentioned in the study raised enough questions that the EPA should have required further study before the exemption. The project works with people to protect their property and the environment from the “devastating impacts of oil and gas development,” according to its Web site, www.

An investigation by Pro-Publica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces public-interest journalism at, found that the EPA ignored evidence that showed that the fracturing process might contaminate water and found that the agency negotiated directly with the oil and gas industry before making its decision.


Charlene Parish, 70, said her well water had been perfect for 30 years until a natural-gas company started working near her property in Bee Branch.

First, there were small disturbances when the company did seismic work nearby, causing her water to cloud up for a few days. Then in December, “the whole house shook,” she said. “And ever since then, it’s just been muddy.

“I kid you not, it scared the daylights out of us whenever we were sitting here and that boom went off and the house shook like it had,” Parish said.

Several neighbors felt the same boom, she said, but they are all on city water.

Southwestern Energy was fracturing a well that day.

Parish is convinced that’s what ruined her well and the well of her tenant, whose water smelled so badly of sulfur that he could no longer drink it. Her water was yellow, and her toilets filled with silt after the water settled overnight. She drank bottled water for months until she gave in and spent $8,700 connecting the two houses to the public water system.

Parish asked Southwestern to pay for the connection fee, but the company denied all responsibility, she said.

The gas companies have “helped the community a lot,” Parish said. “But when they make a mistake, if they’d correct it and stand behind what they say they would do, I think they’d be a lot better off.”

Alan Stubblefield, senior vice president of Southwestern Energy over Arkansas operations, said there’s no way the company’s drilling would cause the kinds of water-well problems experienced by Parish and the Cockrells.

There’s no documentation that the water problems are related to drilling, he said. If the drilling process affects the water wells, he added, “they’d be producing gas, instead of just muddied up.

“I don’t have an answer for you,” he said. “I don’t know”

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TX Disaster Declaration pics of padsites damaged / microbes 2 clean Benzene in produced water spill

On the heals of the May 7 2015 unforgettable listing of weather, frackquake, and accident events-now this….

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Produced Water hauling trucks can no longer travel this road (said to be in Burleson – 1187 and Oak Grove and/or? Oliver Creek Rd. in Justin)….hope the tanks that didn’t float away in this area had their wells shut in – if not, they risk spilling over from overfilled  storage tanks at padsites that the truckers cannot get to. …
In Grandbury/Somervell County near Glenrose (they have a nuclear power plant in Glenrose) TX WFAA is reporting that we have a sinkhole -those too cause the frack trucks disruption to their routes…
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 And in Greyson County more info on road closures….HERE
AND SO I SENT MY ARLINGTON LEADERS A USGS INFO RELEASE that would’ve come in handy during the LABC produced water spill into Village Creek/Trinity….
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Don Crowson <>; Robert Rivera <>; Buzz Pishkur <>; Bob Lemus <>; Robert Shepard <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Lana Wolff <>; Charlie Parker <>; Jimmy Bennett <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Cynthia Simmons <>; Jim Parajon <>; Bridgett White <>; Collin Gregory <>; “” <>; Cindy Powell <>; Tony Rutigliano <>; Brett Shipp <>
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2015 10:10 PM
Subject: Microbes to clean up Benzene in spilled produced waters
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5/7/15 #Frackquake, Tornadoes, GW &Tank Explosions/Fire + Train Derailment!

update 5/12/15 ANOTHER lightening strike exploded an oil & gas well fire in Carrizo Spring TX on Mother’s Day

end update


Around 6pm on May 7 2015, reports of a magnitude 4.0 in Venus TX (where injection wells are in the area). Thanks Dutchinse for your video work…

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Then the video footages of the tornadoes started coming in… and now as I type this, there is at least one battery tank explosion and gas well on fire from lightening in Denton-home of the reversed fracking ban via paid for Texas Congress by the fracker industry. Contact Gub’ner Abbott and ask him not to sign HB40.


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Above pic source…here.  And here are the Google Earth shots showing homes encroached 400 and 600 feet away…who allowed that? #westTexasTragedy

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Thanks to TX Sharon for sourcing these two videos

Further down on the DFW FB Scanner, comments are found of another tank battery fire reported in north Grayson TX which is by Lake Texoma…

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“SADLER, TX – Firefighters extinguished an oil tank battery on fire north of Whitesboro early Friday morning after they were unable to access it last night due to flooding.

It happened near Sandusky and Scarbrough Roads north of Whitesboro.”

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The problem with this Whitesboro fire is that two different news agencies disagree on how fast the fire department could put the fire out…kxii said it was ten minutes after they could get to it which ws the next morning due to flood waters and kten said in their video coverage that they put the fire out in about an hour amid heavy rain and lightening.

Below is the twitter news feed local media screen shots on the Denton tank battery fire…

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The above pics with homes in the forefront…lovely. Vantage Energy, who relied on emergency services and had to travel from Houston, said the public was never in any danger. Denton’s Councilman Roden tweeted in response to the 7 hr delay from the driller being based in Houston about (failed) Texas Regulation.

The day before, May 6 2015, a tank fire occurred from a lightening strike in Deanville TX about 25 miles sw of College Station.

Then an hour after we bid May 7 good-bye… flood waters caused a train derailment-lucky it wasn’t a crude carrying load!

Thanks HB40 for a drill any and everywhere near people mandate…..this is our new NORM?…I mean TENORM!

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