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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Frickin Frackin Wrinkles and a Pockmarked Face

Life on the shale takes a toll on the body and mind.  Residents have many sleepless nights due to loud industrial noise and bright lights shining into homes.  The process of extracting gas is dirty business.  Shale gas development creates serious environmental consequences which is why the oil and gas industry needed to obtain Federal exemptions from the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, National Environment Policy Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.  Click Here to see Exemptions for  Hydraulic Fracturing Under United States Federal Law.

Because the oil and gas industry enjoys such widespread exemptions, citizens near these mining sites no longer get to enjoy clean air.  Not only is air pollution detrimental to our health, but it makes our skin age prematurely. 

While intrinsic skin aging is largely affected by genetics and the passage of time, extrinsic skin aging occurs from exposure to the sun, smoking, and environmental pollution.  This is why living near multiple gas drill sites is not good for ladies (and men) who are concerned about maintaining a youthful appearance.  Since I just passed the turn of the century mark, I am becoming more self conscious about the health and appearance of my skin and have concerns that the North Texas smog will expedite the aging process. 

Our skin is the human body's largest organ.  It weighs about eight pounds and the average adult has 22 feet of it.  In much the same way as a dam's purpose is to retain large a body of water, the skin serves as a protective barrier to maintain fluid balance in our bodies.  Air pollution strips moisture away from the skin creating fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity.  It also increases the risk for eczema,  rashes, acne and cancer.

So ladies ~ and gentlemen ~ if you live on the shale, be sure to apply a good moisturizer or skin barrier such as aloe vera with antioxidants.  It may take a long time to get the Federal Government to reverse the Halliburton Loophole.  If that ever happens, it will be nearly impossible for the industry to extract any more fossil fuels from Mother Earth.

Change happens through the power of grassroots involvement.  While a fracking ban is ideal, some cities have already opened the shale gas door.  In that case enacting a moratorium while strengthening local ordinances can keep the frackers at bay.  Just as skin serves as a protective barrier for the body, a local gas drilling ordinance should protect its citizens.   Ordinances written by industry contain so many loopholes they look like a pockmarked face and allows shale gas developers to damage our land leaving permanent scars. 

Think about it!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

XTO Loses at Arlington City Hall

Eden Southwest Gas Drill Site Operated by XTO Energy
Tuesday was a really bad night for Walter Dueease, Regulatory Affairs Manager of XTO Energy.  This Exxon Mobil subsidiary lost their zoning request by a unanimous vote of 9-0 at Arlington, Texas City Hall.  They had hoped to expand their 5.4 acre Eden Southwest drill site with an adjacent 6.3 acre tract in order to set up a temporary above-ground frac pool while keeping the existing frac pond that is at this location.

During last month's Planning and Zoning meeting Chairman, David McGlaun, and Vice-Chairman, Clete McAlister, opposed this request. 

Even Councilwoman, Sheri Capehart, who expressed during the earlier afternoon session that she thought these frac pools were a great idea, suddenly changed her mind and made the motion to deny XTO's request. 

As long-time Arlington resident Kimberly Franklin succinctly states, "One point eight million gallons of fluid 200 feet from homes in a temporary container is a bad idea."  She hit the ball out of the park with her speech Tuesday night.  We encourage you to listen to all the speeches as everyone did a fantastic job.  Kimberly was the first of ten speakers.

This request was a terrible idea.  Fracking is not just about the water.  This is HEAVY INDUSTRIAL MINING inside our residential communities.  

As more people witness middle-class suburbia turn into sprawling industrial zones, opposition to gas drilling grows in Arlington and its surrounding cities.  A good showing of citizens came prepared to speak.  Here is that video clip.  Watch this monumental moment in gas drilling history where Arlington City Council votes UNANIMOUSLY in OPPOSITION to XTO's request. 

October 15, 2013 Arlington, Texas City Council Meeting

Now, this is the kind of dancing the people love to see. 

Be sure to click on the links within this story so you don't miss any details.