What TX Parks & Wildlife have to say about Fracking

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this pic is a view from a Texas state park under a spiderweb

—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Dennis Gissell <Dennis.Gissell@tpwd.state.tx.us>
To: kimfeil@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Wed, January 23, 2013 1:39:17 PM
Subject: Response to your request for information

Dear Sir or Madame:

 

Thank you for visiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website and for asking about the impacts of oil and gas developments on wildlife and hunting.  There are several areas of the state experiencing increased or expanded development of oil and gas.  One of the most notable areas of recent oil and gas development for example, may be the Eagle Ford Shale area in south Texas, an area approximately 50 miles north to south and 400 miles from west to east in Texas.  This area runs roughly from Web County in the southwest part of the state, and east-northeastward to Brazos County.  The portion of the Eagle Ford Shale that is south of San Antonio has historically been very popular for deer, dove and quail hunting.  We know that oil and gas development in that area has increased dramatically in the last three years, according to Rail Road Commission data on drilling permits.  We are aware of no studies related to impacts on wildlife or hunting in this area, but we can offer the following observations: 

 

–Vehicle traffic and development in the area around Cotulla and Carrizo Springs have increased dramatically, as a direct result of increases in drilling.

–Drilling of wells and development of associated infrastructure such as roads, pipelines, tank batteries, processing facilities and powerlines cause increased fragmentation of habitat.

–Landowners who own the minerals under their land stand to gain increased value and income from oil and gas exploration and royalties.  Increased income from oil and gas royalties may or may not affect the way landowners choose to lease their land for hunting. 

–Landowners who do NOT own the minerals under their land, who are experiencing oil and gas development, and who wish to continue to lease for hunting, may face new challenges related to oil and gas development, including  increased  demand and costs for lodging, food and  other services required by hunters.  Also, those ranches that have been traditionally leased for hunting may now have daily oil and gas truck traffic within their boundaries, creating traffic disturbances that could affect hunting activities.

 

Please let us know if we may provide additional information or assistance.

 

Thank you

Dennis Gissell

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our 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. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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