Gas production in the Barnett Shale will decline through 2030, but will still be a major contributor to U.S. natural gas production through 2030, a new study reported today. The study, by the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT-Austin, found that 44 trillion cubic feet of recoverable product from the shale.
“Drilling in the better rock won’t last forever,” said Scott Tinker, director of the BEG and co-principal investigator for the study. “But there are still a few more years of development remaining in the better rock quality areas.”
Buried at the bottom of the UT announcement is this magical little note:
The University of Texas at Austin is committed to transparency and disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest of its researchers. Co-Principal Investigator Scott Tinker sits on advisory boards of three oil and gas companies — BP’s Technical Advisory Council, Geo Fossil Fuel’s Advisory Committee, and P&P LLC’s Advisory Board — and receives compensation from them. Tinker also serves on the Geosciences Advisory Board of Sandia National Lab and several university and professional society boards, foundations and advisory committees, and speaks on occasion to industry groups or private companies for honorarium. Team members Eric Potter and John Browning hold stock in oil and gas companies. The university is not aware of potential conflicts of interest for any of the other team members.
Never mind that much of his country is starving to death, a hunger that has resulted in its military’s lowering of the minimum height of soldiers to 4 feet 7 inches, Kim Jong Un’s got a new friend.
“You have a friend for life,” Oak Cliff native and improbable North Korea ambassador Dennis Rodman told the tyrant during a basketball game. They later dined on sushi and smoked turkey. This also happened, for what it’s worth:
Um… so Kim Jong Un just got the #VICEonHBO crew wasted… no really, that happened.
— Jason Mojica (@elmodernisto) February 28, 2013
Sniper Chris Kyle was honored with a resolution by the Texas House this morning, nearly a month after he was shot at an Erath County gun range.
Waxahachie Republican Rep. Jim Pitts said Kyle “was clearly dedicated to the idea of putting others first,” and that while the world is not perfect, he was “trying to get us closer to that ideal.” Eddie Ray Routh has been charged with the murder of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.
Earlier today, I posted a piece about Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck’s appearance on MSNBC. Turns out it maybe wasn’t 100 percent accurate in its assessment of Cluck’s views on tax hikes. The City of Arlington sent us a link to the video, and I watched it. He said it’s “not a serious consideration,” though he also doesn’t seem willing to accept any cuts from the federal government. Watch for yourself.
A few weeks back, Tim interviewed four of the ladies from The Broadcast, one of our little spots of heaven over on KTXD. Pat Smith talked about Lamar Odom, Suzie Humphreys revealed that she almost gave birth in a helicopter, Lisa Pineiro told Tim about her two novels, and Courtney Kerr let on about some Most Eligible Dallas secrets.
Today, I get special co-host Midge Hill, who chatted while drinking lemonade from her couch. She invited me to join.
Bradford Pearson: So, we’ve done some other Q&As with some of the other ladies that are hosting The Broadcast, and we thought that you deserved a shot to have one as well.
Midge Hill: Yeah, I know. So I’m like the substitute. Are you the substitute too?
BP: I guess so. Tim’s out doing something else, so I guess we can commiserate in our substitution. That’s a good question to start out with. Will you just be substituting for Suzie or for when any of the hosts can’t come in?
MH: Nobody tells me anything, Brad! I don’t know, but if somebody else gets sick, it may be that the thing will fall on me, or maybe they’ll just do it with three people. Don’t know. Nobody told me.
Ang Lee won an Academy Award last Sunday for directing Life of Pi. If you’re in need of a little inspiration this morning, my Staten Island-dwelling friend Pam passed along this note about Lee’s journey to that award, the gap of six years between the time he graduated from NYU (go, purple violet bobcat torches!) alongside rising star Spike Lee and when he received funding for his first feature. It’s not too cheesy. Just read it.
Tonight, for those looking to hang around Oak Cliff, singer/songwriter Mike Doughty has a show at the Kessler Theater. Do I mention this because I first heard his music on the greatest television show of all time, Veronica Mars? Absolutely. I’ll always love him for soundtracking season two’s most adorable, heart-wrenching moment, and there’s nothing I’d like more than to hear “I Hear the Bells” live. However, objectively speaking, the guy is good. And if case you didn’t know, the food at Ten Bells Tavern is pretty darn good. I’d grab a snack and drinks there before or after.
Other musical fun includes an out-of-ordinary live set at The Dram, a place generally known for DJs rather than drummers. However, my good pal Jonathan Merla, exceptionally talented percussionist that he is, will be there this evening with the Danny Church Band. You might have seen them this past weekend at The Pin Show in West Dallas. They’re also the band behind the Stoneleigh Hotel’s swanky Thursdays at the Penthouse parties. My point is, the Danny Church Band is awesome, and there’s not much they can’t do—funk, soul, jazz, R&B. It’ll be a good night, and you should drop by if you can. Things get started around 9 p.m.
Were she still alive, Austin writer Jan Reid says, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards would be both infuriated and amused by Gov. Rick Perry. She’d be leery of the Canadian tar sands pipeline. She’d consider privatization of government services in Austin to be a boondoggle enriching the powerful pals of those in office. And her reaction to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Reid adds, would be to “would roll her eyes and hope he keeps shooting at his feet.”
The author of a book about Richards, who died in 2006, Reid is in North Texas this week for appearances in Fort Worth (mainly at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel today and tomorrow) and in Dallas (at Lucky Dog’s Oak Cliff location on Saturday). Jump for a lengthy email interview we did with him touching on topics including Richards’ years in Dallas, and how she came to deliver one of the most memorable political speeches of all time.
After reading about and listening to Van Cliburn all day yesterday, I stumbled across — other than all that Cold War bluster — my favorite story. I’ll let the Lyndon Johnson library take it from here, via LBJ assistant Paul Glynn’s diary:
October 14, 1967
Around 6:00 p, I got a call from the White House operators. They were looking for one of us — and they said that Ken had told them that the President had given him the rest of the day off to go to the football game.
The President came on the telephone, and said, ‘Paul, I sure need some help. I gave Ken the afternoon off, and Van Cliburn has lost his black tie, he left it on the airplane. Can we do something? What size am I?”
— Alana Rocha (@viaAlana) February 28, 2013
— Alana Rocha (@viaAlana) February 28, 2013
Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck was on the Daily Rundown on MSNBC this morning, talking the Voting Rights Act and the sequester. I imagine this whole tax-hike idea will not play well in Arlington, but it could all just be political jostling.
The Legislature balked at putting so-called “outcomes-based funding” proposals into place last session, but did approve a measure authorizing the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop an outcomes-based funding model that could be used for 10 percent of its funding request for this session.
Branch said [Wednesday] that Texas “desperately needs more incentive” to up the number of graduates each year. He said that per year, an estimated 90,000 non-Texans are filling jobs that could be filled by Texans with the right credentials. “We need to do a better job of organically creating graduates in this state,” Branch said. “Texas needs stories that begin, have a middle and have an ending. … Taxpayers are looking to fund a story that has a completion.”
And that story would be funded based on graduation rates. Branch has now filed a bill that would tie 25 percent of school funding to outcomes and graduation rates, a move that has been approved or proposed in 25 other states.
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J.C. Penney Reports $1 Billion Loss In 2012. “I told you transformations are unpredictable and can be bumpy, and this one has been,” CEO Ron Johnson said in a conference call, following the company’s fourth straight loss. He was then asked if he properly understood the meaning of “unpredictable” and “bumpy,” but he quickly changed the subject.
Gay Couple Victimized After Speaking Out About Discrimination. Remember the story of Ben Allen and his partner Justin Hudgins? They were turned away from a Tarrant County wedding hall because they were gay. Well, on Tuesday night, someone spray-painted “BURN FAG” on their fence. I would say it’s time Ben and Justin leave Bud Kennedy’s beloved Tarrant County behind, but that would be letting the jerks win.
Nearly 600 DVDs Seized In “Elaborate” Counterfeit Operation In Arlington. They were found when police were serving Melbert Randles a warrant on a wholly unrelated charge. Now, I said “elaborate” in the headline, because the story said that’s what police were calling it. But, as near as I can tell, he was burning bootleg movies at home and then planning to sell them out of his trunk at flea markets, so if they consider that “elaborate,” I think the heist sequences in Ocean’s Eleven or its sequels would just about fry their brains. I have at least three more elaborate schemes than that going at any given time. I mean, that’s about as elaborate as making a sandwich. Like a normal one, not even a monte cristo or anything.
David Williams Is My New Hero. He’s 11, so that’s weird, but not unprecedented. But anyone who can son Dwaine Caraway in his own place of business earns that honor. David Williams, the cut of your jib has been stamped APPROVED.
On Ant Guns. I didn’t watch this video but I assume from the title — “These Ant-Gun People Are Hypocrites” — that Jimmy Z is trying to join the party. Or he typed too fast and didn’t check his work, which would be really surprising from someone named Jimmy Z. I expect guys like that to be totally profesh.