January 2014

In a $2 billion deal, Raleigh, North Carolina-based aggregate and crushed stone manufacturer Martin Marietta Materials (a separate spin-off on the more well-know aerospace conglomerate) bought Dallas' own TXI Cement, which opened its first cement kiln in Midlothian in 1960.  This year, that kiln, along with the three other obsolete wet kilns at TXI's Midltohian […]

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This is a picture of Robert Caney. Despite achieving the advanced age of 11, he was the youngest member of Tuesday's frakequake bus contingent to the Railroad Commission meeting in Austin.  Robert lives about four miles from the epicenter of the "swarm" of earthquakes that have plagued the residents who live along the convergence of […]

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Downwinders at Risk's Jim Schermbeck was one of several speakers at the public organizing meeting on January 13th in Azle, just northwest of Ft. Worth, that saw the creation of a local citizens group to campaign to end the "human-induced" earthquakes plaguing the area for the past several months. On Tuesday, he'll climb aboard a […]

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That's the question called out from the bathroom by his wife that finally put Ed Brown on the road to making a film about how many synthetic chemicals we're exposed to in our daily lives, often without our knowledge or consent. Brown's final product, "Unacceptable Levels," has its Dallas premiere the evening of January 30th. […]

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Some of the very best reporting about the underlying problem that's responsible for the West Virginia water crisis is being done by the local Charleston Gazette. Following up on their great piece revealing that "MCHM" has exactly one un-reviewed, unpublished 1990 study performed by the chemical manufacturer to say that it's safe to use in […]

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Just to make sure you got the message of Ed Brown's new film about how FUBAR'd the chemical regulatory system is in the US, the twice-convicted felon who runs Freedom Industries in West Virginia arranged for tens of thousands of gallons of a little-known, little understood synthetic substance to spill into the Elk River, cutting […]

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It Happened Last Night

by jim on January 14, 2014

Azle area families are proud to announce the birth of their new grassroots group, and movement, born last night around 8:30 pm, CST. It's so new, the 300 or so parents haven't had a chance to name it yet. But it does have a mission: challenging the Barnett Shale status quo. There's an air of […]

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Second Azle quake in two days prior to tonight's meeting.

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That's Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green blurting out an unfortunate truth even as he was trying to defend an injection well that's being sued for trespassing into groundwater under an adjacent rice farm in Liberty County near the Texas gulf coast. The Texas Tribune's Jim Malewitz has the scoop on a so far mostly […]

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Chris Masey Texas Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility   Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. White Rock United Methodist Church, Room 202 1450 Oldgate Lane Dallas TX 75218 (Map)   DFW has a lot of things, but one thing we do not have is a group of medical professionals who speak out […]

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New Film Screening One Night Only "Unacceptable Levels" One man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law.  He weaves their testimonies into a compelling narrative of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, […]

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When Walter Cronkite announced that America was losing the war in Vietnam, LBJ knew he'd lost Middle-America. When the gas industry is losing the editorial board of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, is it a sign it's losing the PR war in the Barnett Shale? While Sunday's editorial in the Star-Telegram, titled "Texas Railroad Commission can’t […]

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A 2012 study by a Cornell graduate student Elaine Hill that found a 25% increase in low-birth weight babies within 1.5 miles (7920 feet) of a gas fracking sites in Pennsylvania got a boost from a follow-up study previewed over this last weekend at a conference in Philadelphia. Janet Currie of Princeton University, Katherine Meckel […]

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