June 2013

Obama’s Speech Fracked Open

by jim on June 28, 2013

The San Fransicso Chronicle has a take on how the Obama climate change speech jives with the reality in the country's Shale Gas fields – like the one you live in. Robert Howarth, a Cornell University professor who argues that methane leaks from drilling negate other climate benefits of gas, said in an email to […]

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On the same day President Obama was making news in launching his climate change initiatives aimed at power plants, a company called Skyonic was announcing it had obtained financing to build America's first full-size carbon capture facility adjacent to the Capital Aggregates cement plant in San Antonio. If all goes as planned the technology will […]

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The Pipeline in the Room

by jim on June 25, 2013

Let's just say upfront that it's a good thing the President will finally be taking action on climate change that doesn't require Congressional action. We won't linger on the fact that the changes he'll be implementing tonight round up (at least in computer modeling) to precisely the 17% cut below 2005 greenhouse gas pollution levels […]

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There was a great deal of official news fluttering last Thursday when the EPA and Department of Justice announced a national settlement with Kansas-City based Ash Grove Cement that confirmed the company's Midlothian plant, site of The Last Wet Kilns in Texas™, would shut down and covert to one large dry process kiln by September […]

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Rebuking city attorneys, the Dallas City Plan Commission agreed on Thursday to require 1500 foot setbacks, or buffer zones from gas wells to "protected uses" such as homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, recreation areas, and parks.  A waiver to get as close as 1000 feet would have to come with a three-fourths vote by the City […]

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This went out at 12 noon today…. Mary Suhm’s Revenge: Pretending Last 7 Months of Public Outrage Didn’t Happen,City Staff Writing New Gas Drilling Ordinance Allowing Twice-Denied Trinity East Permits To Get Approved (Dallas)—Citing what they say is a blatant disregard for the consensus that’s formed after intense public debate, homeowner and environmental groups accused […]

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Our apologies for the late notice, but tomorrow, if you're available from 11 to 12 noon Dallas time, you can participate in a free national conference call to learn more about local health studies that citizens might be able to do or fund with guest speaker Gregory Howard, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Dickerson […]

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With the election of Philp Kingston and Rick Callihan, the new edition of the Dallas City Council is complete. The good news is that the last six months of hand-to-hand civil combat over the Trinity East gas permits seems to have paid-off in expanding the number of gas drilling opponents to at least six members […]

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“Don’t let the Door Hit You…”

by jim on June 11, 2013

Sharon's rumors turn out to be true. Chesapeake's VP Julie Wilson is leaving the company as of June 14th. Her mission to subjugate Cowtown to all things gas now accomplished, she plans to resume her "consulting" business. She's going to be replaced by a guy from Oklahoma City who'll visit Fort Worth "a couple of […]

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For the last couple of years Dallas has gotten all the headlines over gas permit fights. It's because the Barnett Shale play took its time to roll eastward while evidence was mounting about the adverse effects of fracking. There was still a large precedent to be set when the play met the new evidence in […]

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“My worst nightmare is the release of these contaminants that right now tend to be sequestered in environments that are not too mobile,” That's Texas A&M at Galveston Prof Patrick Louchouarn talking about the lack of wheels on over a dozen toxic-infested Superfund Sites in the Houston – Galveston area that might be subject to […]

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Illegal Border Crossings

by jim on June 11, 2013

If you live downwind of a state line in the US, you're more likely to breathe the wastings heaved out by heavy industrial air polluters according to a new study reported on by the Washington Post today. University of Georgia, Georgetown, and University of South Carolina political scientists collaborated on the findings, which document "State […]

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Along with cooler weather in general and a little more rain this Spring has come some relief from really dirty air in DFW. Last year at this time, we'd already had 6 "exceedences" of the old 1997 85 parts per billion ozone standard in May, and countless exceedences of the tougher new 75 ppb standard […]

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A months-long deathwatch surrounding Exide Technologies got a little closer to its climax on Thursday with a Wall Street Journal story quoting "people familiar with the matter" as saying the company was preparing to file for bankruptcy for a second time in a decade sometime this summer. The original article is behind the Journal's pay […]

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Events in Turkey remind us there's a direct connection between authoritarianism and pollution. Polluters depend on closed doors, opaque operations and a heavy hand – the same conditions that allow authoritarian governments to thrive. Because of ownership connections, supply contracts and employment pools, there's often no delineation between where government ends and industry begins – […]

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(Frisco)–Frisco residents directly challenged their city’s attempt to gloss over what they say is an important decision to use a less-protective testing method to find toxic contamination on the Exide smelter site, while also releasing a new report that chronicles how that contamination could disrupt plans to build the city’s ambitious “Grand Park.” Saying city […]

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