Gasland Part II Takes Another Look at the Dangers of Fracking in the Barnett Shale

Last night on HBO, the documentary Gasland Part II premiered. As with the original Gasland, I found director Josh Fox’s filmmaking skills lacking. He mistakes pretension for artsiness, and it’s excruciating to listen to his narration, for he seems…to think…that pausing…every few seconds…will…add profundity…to what…he has..to…..say. Then there’s his closing speech, in which he rambles […]

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Canoe The Trinity With Audubon River Adventures

About a month ago, I got to take the maiden voyage of the Audubon River Adventures. I thought I was just joining Ben Jones, the enthusiastic director of the center, for a quick float. Then I got an email a few days before the trip confirming the other “intrepid explorers.” Joining us were Container Store […]

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As Seismic Activity Mounts, Texas Ignores Connection to Drilling

Energy Wire: Nine months after a National Academy of Sciences panel said oil and gas regulators should take steps to prevent man-made earthquakes, officials in key states are ignoring quake potential as they rewrite their drilling rules. Two major drilling states, California and Texas, are overhauling their drilling rules without looking at the seismic risks […]

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Trinity East Drilling Decision Returns to City Council After Plan Commission Denial

Now that the Dallas Plan Commission has again rejected Trinity East’s plan to drill in parkland along the Trinity River, the decision falls to the City Council. A super majority — 12 of the 15 members — would be needed to overturn the commission’s ruling. There are a few things at play here, so let’s […]

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Reminder: Dallas Plan Commission to Hear Trinity East Proposal This Afternoon. Again.

The Dallas City Plan Commission will take up Trinity East Energy’s drilling plan later this afternoon at city hall, if anyone’s interested. In an editorial yesterday, the Morning News said the commission should vote against the plan. And word came this morning from a coalition of anti-fracking groups that Irving city councilmembers would be present to speak […]

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As Texas’ Drought Continues, City Tells Man His Cacti and Stones Aren’t ‘Historically Appropriate’

If you’d like a Cliffs Notes version of the water conservation debate in Texas, look no further than two stories the Morning News posted yesterday. The first is a blog post about conservation efforts: With the state in the midst of one of its worst droughts in history, local water conservation advocates gathered Tuesday to talk […]

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DFW Residents Use 200 Gallons of Water Per Day

Tucked inside this Corpus Christi Caller-Times drought editorial by Texas A&M ecology professor Kirk Winemiller is some jarring information about the amount of water we use here in Dallas-Fort Worth: The most effective and by far the cheapest ways to secure water during drought are better reuse technologies, efficiencies, and conservation. There is plenty of scope […]

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The Barnett Shale Will Continue to Be a ‘Major Contributor’ to Natural Gas Supplies Through 2030

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 […]

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Mary Suhm/Trinity East Notebook Dump

There were a bunch of interesting bits I couldn’t fit into my earlier post that I thought I’d throw out there. Sheffie Kadane thinks the 22-acre tract is worthless: “This is West Texas land, this is desolate land, it’s good for nothing,” he said. “I don’t even consider these parklands.” He also didn’t know if the Trinity […]

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