Dec 2014 update…our City Attorney went to work for an energy related company and our Deputy City Manager retired after being with the city for only two years….hmmnnn. It must be hard for city employees to work for an urban drilling town where public health and safety isn’t taken seriously cause the Precautionary Principle is second to royalties.
Nov. 2014 update…Rusty Ward now works for EnerVest-he previously worked for Carrizo after he got UTA to start drilling on their campus while he worked at UTA as VP of Business Affairs. Recently Rusty saw to it that I was asked to leave a community meeting for the Fannin Farms drill site…they said it was for those within 600 ft and the compensation wasn’t to be made public. I said that I was an airshed stakeholder and other neighbors over 600 feet away were stakeholders too. I said it was immoral to put a price tag on other innocent people’s airshed. I said I wanted to know the going price to pollute a neighborhood.
September 19, 2014 update…
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…
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….
Kijun Hong left TCEQ to work for Access Midstream….lovely.
Jessica Minley, a City of Arlington Gas Well Specialist, came from the TCEQ….but alas she didn’t find any TCEQ violation when her TVA found 1,140,000 ppb VOC’s near my son’s school during a nitro lift, nor did she find a City of Arlington nuisance violation in the Entertainment District during the Chesapeake “stank event” even though her own field notes say that it was.
The City of Flower Mound evidently lost when they hired former TCEQ inspector Jonathan Powell to work for them as their city gas well inspector…
Collin Gregory replaced Arlington’s gas well coordinator, Darren Groth, who went to work in Denton as their Gas Well Administrator, and Brian Borner left the City of Ft Worth gas drilling dept to work for…wait for it…Chesapeake.
Here are a few Gubner’ Perry appointed 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 was added to the Railroad Commission 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 both 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.”
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?”