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Friday, August 16, 2013

Natural Gas: "It's American. It's Affordable. It's Abundant"

Hundreds of people poured into the sanctuary and filled the pews at New World United Methodist Church in Arlington, Texas last night.  There were no hymns sung or prayers recited.  The mostly mature audience was subdued.  It's a shame the Singing nuns weren't here! 

Lynda Gearheart, a woman who appears more like a high school English teacher than an oil & gas spokesperson, began the Chesapeake sermon with the "divide and conquer" strategy.  Questions would be answered after the meeting at separate tables in the back of the room since she pointed out that, "Leases have specificity."  During the presentation Chesapeake representatives surrounded the sanctuary ~ standing at attention like soldiers ~ carefully watching and monitoring the crowd.  The Arlington police were also there.

Ms. Gearheart's statement about natural gas was simply amazing.  

"It's American.  It's Affordable.  It's Abundant."

Seems she left out the part about about Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Exports.  That's where our neighborhoods get turned into dangerous industrial mining zones in order to help China cut their dirty coal emissions.  Japan and other countries that are not free-trade partners with the United States also want our gas.  The Feds recently approved the third LNG export facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana with 19 more applications pending.  

The remainder of the meeting was mostly spent talking about the money and all the good it's doing for organizations such as Mission Arlington and the Boys and Girls Club.  She rattled off some very impressive figures which have spared us of a tax increase.  But at what cost?  When Ms. Gearheart stated how proud she is that industry came along at such a time as this, we couldn't help but wonder if she was comparing herself to the Biblical Esther.   

We find it curious that this issue is still about the money, yet the hundreds of people in that sanctuary have not received a single royalty payment from the Geenman 6H well despite the fact that it was drilled in August 2011.  Ms. Gearheart told the community to look for their division orders in the mail soon.  She also mentioned that Chesapeake needs to conduct *title searches dating back to the 1800's.  

The Railroad Commission of Texas shows this well as an *unperfed completion and a *shut in (Oil) producer.  Curiously, their records show NO gas gathering pipeline for this well, yet we thought we heard Ms. Gearheart say that the pipeline is installed and the gas is flowing.  We also heard her say, "the pipeline company is working to secure the right of way."  That is very confusing, but when we raised our hand during the brief question session at the end, she did not call on us.  At this time we will defer to the Railroad Commission's records indicating that there is no pipeline connected to this well.  If there is no pipeline, we will assume this gas is not yet being sold to market and there will not be any royalty checks arriving in the mail anytime soon. 

To summarize this farce of a meeting, we learned that Chesapeake still uses the same M.O.  There was nothing democratic about it.  Sadly, other than a police officer, we did not see a single representative from the City of Arlington, despite the fact that Chesapeake and other gas operators have changed our City's infrastructure forever.  We doubt Jesus was at this meeting either.  If he were, we bet he would have turned over every table in the back of that sanctuary.

*Code Language: 

*Unperfed Completion:  don't have all the leases signed.  
*Shut in:  don't have the pipeline hooked up yet.
*Conducting Title Searches dating back to the 1800's:   It's going to be a while before you receive your royalty check.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Open House: Chesapeake's Greenman Gas Drill Site

Open House
Chesapeake's Greenman Gas Drill Site 
____________________________________________  This information came from a community newsletter: 
Gas Lease Information
Meeting Regarding the Greenman6H Well
This information pertains only to those neighbors in the area north of I-30, west of Fielder, with Green Oaks to the west and north.

Greenman Pad Site Open House
Thursday, August 15 from 6:00-7:30 pm
New World United Methodist Church
2201 N. Davis,
Arlington, TX
To discuss the recently completed pipeline connection near your neighborhood and the economic benefits of the natural gads production it enables. [bla, bla, bla...] Additionallly, we will answer questions about activity on the Greenman site and the next steps in the process to begin receiving royalties.  [bla, bla, bla...]  Please RSVP by email to BarnettShale
  $$$$$ It's still about the money. $$$$$
Residents might want to Ask Chesapeake to explain how they calculate royalties.  Or better yet, visit these links: 
Royalty Payments and Other Ways Fracking Screws Us
Arlington Sues Chesapeake Exploration Over Unpaid Royalties
Unfair Share:  How Oil and Gas Drillers Avoid Paying Royalties 
We spoke with the Railroad Commission of Texas this week, and they informed us that the Greenman 6H well is temporarily abandoned.   This well needs to be either:  1) plugged; or 2) brought into production.  The latest records on their website indicate that the Greenman well (API # 439-35740) is an "unperfed completion."   Perhaps they plan to discuss "Perfing" at the meeting.   To date, we have not heard them explain this process.  We've love to hear all about it.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

*Update* Nuns and Monks Say "No" to Gas Pipeline

Defiant Nuns and Monks Refuse to give up Kentucky Land for Gas Pipeline

“We’ve been on this property since 1824,” said Sister Maria Visse, service coordinator for the Sisters of Loretto. “We feel entrusted with this (land). It’s a gift. It’s not a commodity. 

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It began in the church.  Entire communities poured into houses of worship to receive bonus checks in exchange for signing away their mineral rights.  The churches conducting these signing parties for a community often received sizable bonus checks. Then the problems surfaced ~ emission events,  explosions, ~ even deaths.  As these dangers are now evident, have we finally come full circle?  Perhaps these enlightened servants of God will eventually be our grace and salvation.   Amen. 

Show your support to the Sisters of Loretto by signing this petition.  Thank you!