Don’t over-regulate gas, oil drilling

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Its Not The Fracking Making Trouble in Texas

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.

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University of Texas Endowment Tops $25 Billion, Passing Yale

(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.

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Evidence Doesn't Support Fracking As Cause Of Texas Earthquakes

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.

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

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.

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

The Dallas Morning News

January 19, 2015

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.

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