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Frack bans are big government in action

Monday, March 02, 2015

February 27, 2015 By State Representative Phil King We’ve heard a lot about hydraulic fracking in North Texas, especially after Denton banned the process. As many legal experts attest, that ban runs afoul of state law and puts local taxpayers on the hook for legal bills as the city defends itself in court. But there’s a more fundamental problem with local fracking bans. They threaten something all Texans cherish: private property rights.

Superintendent questions; need NAS explanation; Denton fracking ban

Friday, February 27, 2015

Frack Free Denton’s Adam Briggle and Denton Kevin Councilman Roden made a series of odd claims in their recent op-ed (“Rep. King should bow to local control,” Feb. 22) that undermined their argument. They said when drilling slows, it has “detrimental economic impacts.” Yet both supported Denton’s fracking ban, which prevents drilling. Briggle has even traveled to Louisiana to encourage others to ban drilling.

Letters to the editor, Wednesday, Feb. 25

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Eric Mach | Denton Record Chronicle February 25, 2015 Shun Al Gore cult When one reads the letters from the progressive parrots, you can tell that they are elated about the prospect of damaging the city’s economy.

Don’t over-regulate gas, oil drilling

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 23, 2015 Larry J. Fabian It’s time to set the record straight. Oil and gas development has been ongoing in Mansfield for over 10 years, and the City Council has done a good job of continuously updating our ordinances to keep our community safe and our local economy strong. As a landowner and mineral owner, I am very concerned with the opposition groups who are pushing for even more regulation and larger setbacks.

Air tests of 5 Barnett Shale wells being hydraulically fractured show no harmful emissions

Monday, February 23, 2015

February 22, 2015 By Ed Ireland, Ph. D. A battery of air tests during the simultaneous hydraulic fracturing of 5 Barnett Shale natural gas wells and the subsequent initial flowback period is one of the largest scale air testing projects of its kind.  Modern Geosciences, a respected environmental testing firm that has been doing quarterly and monthly air testing for the Town of Flower Mound for 6 years, conducted the project. The air studies in Mansfield were requested by the operator of the wells, Beacon E&P, a Colorado based company that has offices in Fort Worth and operations in the Barnett Shale region in North Texas.

For State's Seismologist, Quakes Will Be the Easy Part

Friday, February 06, 2015

February 6, 2015 By Jim Malewitz David Craig Pearson remembers the first time he felt the earth tremble beneath his feet. Mother Nature wasn’t to blame. The U.S. military was.  Pearson stood on the White Sands Missile Range, a sprawling base in south-central New Mexico, on that day some three decades ago. Federal Department of Defense workers fired off a weapons test. Pearson, then a wide-eyed doctoral student, recorded the earthquake it triggered.  “Since then, I was hooked,” he said in an interview.

Its Not The Fracking Making Trouble in Texas

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

There is this odd debate over vaccinations which questions the effectiveness and the safety vaccines.. The anti-vaxxer crowd has on its side nothing except bad science and a lot of emotion but that hasn’t stopped a “debate” from occurring about whether we should be vaccinating our kids. An epidemic of measles however seems to be turning the tide of the argument. What does that debate have to do with energy? Bad science just keeps appearing everywhere propelled by powerful emotions.

University of Texas Endowment Tops $25 Billion, Passing Yale

Monday, February 02, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- They say everything’s bigger in Texas. Now, it’s true of its public university system’s endowment. The University of Texas endowment surpassed Yale University’s as the second-wealthiest in U.S. higher education, according to an annual survey released Thursday by Commonfund and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. The value of the Texas System’s fund grew 24 percent to $25.4 billion in the year ended June 30, the biggest after Harvard University’s $35.9 billion. Yale’s endowment, which had ranked second since at least 2002, increased 15 percent to $23.9 billion.

Evidence Doesn't Support Fracking As Cause Of Texas Earthquakes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Investors Business Daily January 27, 2014 BY MERRILL MATTHEWS A recent spate of earthquakes in the Dallas area, centered around the old Texas Stadium in Irving, has raised concerns that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the cause. Making that correlation may be understandable, but it's almost certainly wrong. The good news is that the series of earthquakes has been relatively minor — with the largest ranging in magnitude between 2.5 and 3.6 — and any damage appears to be generally limited to wall and ceiling cracks in a few homes.

Suggestions that fracking is unsafe are based on fear, not facts

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Eagle January 21, 2015 By Dr. Stephen A. Holditch I began working on hydraulic fracturing of low permeability reservoirs in 1970 and have published more than 150 papers, most of which involve the subject of fracturing or low permeability reservoir development. I ran a consulting company for over 20 years and we designed and supervised hundreds of fracture treatments. Many of those were Austin Chalk or Buda wells in Brazos County. We drilled dozens of wells in Brazos County, many under the city limits of Bryan and College Station, to include a few under the Texas A&M campus in the Bryan Woodbine Field.

Schnurman: Why Texas won’t get busted again by low oil prices

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Dallas Morning News January 19, 2015 Mitchell Schnurman This time is different, and not by accident. Oil prices have fallen by more than half since last summer, prompting cuts in energy jobs and rig counts. That is stoking fears of a deep downturn in the state’s economy. But Texas is less vulnerable to the kind of oil shock that derailed the state in the 1980s, and that’s by design.

As North Texas Quakes Continue, Experts Look For A Cause

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

KERA News January 12, 2015 By BJ AUSTIN Another small earthquake vibrated Irving Sunday night: a magnitude of 2.5 at 7:46 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That makes 17 in the last week in North Texas, most of them around the old Texas Stadium site in Irving.  As the quakes continue, speculation circulates as to what's causing them.

What’s at fault? Scientists seek cause of Irving earthquakes

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Dallas Morning News January 10, 2015 By ANNA KUCHMENT, RANDY LEE LOFTIS, JAMES OSBORNE and AVI SELK The earth under North Texas barely stirred for at least a century, until something down there snapped in 2008. Swarms of small quakes rippled up from unknown faults beneath the soil. They rustled Cleburne, Azle and Irving. Last week’s 15 temblors around the old Texas Stadium site included the strongest yet in Dallas County, and their waves shook downtown office towers.

Gov.-elect Abbott: End local bans on bags, fracking, tree-cutting

Friday, January 09, 2015

Austin-American Statesman January 8, 2015 By Jonathan Tilove Declaring that freedom and private property rights should not be bound by city lines, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott on Thursday called for doing away with a “patchwork quilt” of local bans on everything from paper and plastic bags to fracking that he said threatens to turn Texas into California.

U.S. Interior Secretary Criticizes Fracking Bans, Citing ‘a Lot of Misinformation’

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

National Review Online January 5, 2015 By Jillian Kay Melchior Recent local and state fracking restrictions are “the wrong way to go,” says Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. She spoke only weeks after New York imposed a fracking ban, a decision the state justified by citing a much-criticized state department of health report on the supposed negative public-health consequences, including “community impacts associated with boom-town economic effects.”

The East and West Coast Converge on Denton

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 19, 2015 The term “you flew here, we grew here” took on a whole new meaning this week in the City of Denton.  Three national environmental groups finally stepped out from behind their east and west coast curtains, petitioning a Texas court to allow them to intervene in litigation – brought by the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) and the state’s General Land Office (GLO) – that challenges the city’s new fracking ban.  As reported in by the Daily Kos: “Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks are leading the intervention charge, represented by attorneys from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Earthjustice.”

Texas City's Fracking Ban Will Likely Cost Taxpayers Millions

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Breitbart December 16, 2014 By Sarah Rumpf AUSTIN, Texas -- The decision by voters in the North Texas oil and gas city of Denton to pass an ordinance that would ban fracking could cost their city millions of dollars a year, with several lawsuits already filed and more potentially on the way.

Travis County Court Agrees To Take Up Lawsuit On Denton’s Fracking Ban

Monday, November 17, 2014

Texas Public Radio By Ryan Poppe The Travis County court system has agreed to hear a case filed against the City of Denton’s fracking ban, advocates of the ban say the state’s “home-rule” statute allows their city to pass these ordinances while state officials argue that cities have no legal authority to ban fracking.

Judge denies stay in Fort Collins fracking lawsuit

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Coloradoan November 10, 2014 By Erin Udell The city of Fort Collins was dealt another blow — and the oil and gas industry another win — last week when a Larimer County judge denied the city's request to stay his decision overturning the city's 5-year fracking ban.

Untangling the Vote to Ban Drilling in Denton

Monday, November 10, 2014

Energy InDepth | Texas November 7, 2014 By Steve Everley Sold as a means of protecting homeowners, anti-fracking groups were quick to cheer passage of an anti-drilling measure in Denton. But the neighborhoods at the center of the controversy rejected the ban by a hefty margin.

Fracking saved motorists 94 cents a gallon in 2013, study says

Monday, November 03, 2014

Akron Beacon Journal  By Bob Downing  Published: October 31, 2014 From the American Petroleum Institute on Thursday: WASHINGTON, October 30, 2014 – The U.S. energy renaissance has been driven by innovations in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which were responsible for about 48 percent of U.S. oil production and shaved up to $0.94 per gallon from fuel prices in 2013, according to a new report.