The NY Times doesn't understand Texans politics. The race between Gov. Perry and challenger Bill White, will be decided on immigration and state rights issues, not about urban drilling! Sorry, but the skies in Wise County are not lit up by rigs and we are not urban. The NY Times didn't come to our county to check this out. One thing not mentioned was a stronger economy and steady tax base due to the development of our natural resources.Another article about drilling in the shale to provide energy needs is in the Washington Post, including how George Mitchell came up with fracturing. Using fracturing has opened enough natural gas to provide us with energy for many, many years to come. Drilling for natural gas will make us more energy independent and it is a cleaner energy source; however drilling for natural gas is threatened by over regulation. Will drilling be regulated by the State or by the EPA? In the new Senate Energy Bill last week, if passed during the lame duck session, rebates ranging up to $8000 for trucks to switch from traditional petroleum to natural gas along with $50,000 grants (not loans) for gas stations to install natural gas refueling pumps. The bill proves natural gas will be a vital energy source, not only for national security, but to help make the environment safer. Texans understand how the oil/gas industry is vital to our economy and will not vote for any candidate who will threaten the industry by over regulation.
Erin Brockovich will be along shortly.
Erin own blog should be sufficient for her views!
Sounds like the city slickers need to do their homework before moving to oil and gas country, and learn what "mineral rights" mean.
10:48 - Is it so hard to recognize humor?
I have some gas problems this morning also! Fire in the hole!
Wow! All of you commenters must be oilfield trash. How can you justify the oil companies taking a persons property and doing as they please without regard to the land owner. I know all the arguments about mineral rights owner having a right to their minerals, but what about the surface owner having a right to his property? Does my owning the surface have no standing in the courts? I was told that even though I have a case to keep oil companies off of my land, "Can you afford to go to the supreme court to prove it, because we will appeal all the way and break you in the process". How is that fair to the land owner?
12:43 Get over it hippie
12:43 and other drilling supporters - I thought we are in favor of property rights. What about opposing polluting our water and/or air. How about support for the little guy vs. huge corporations? Or do we just change our positions when a local industry is involved?
Will we get the Country Club back.....This to shall pass....
"Shale gas: Hope for our energy future" in today's Washingon Post last sentence: "George Mitchell's persistance made shale gas a huge geological gift. Only fools would discard it."The article is good news, especailly for Wise County folks.
12:48 it's called buyer beware. If you buy a piece of land and are not getting the mineral rights you should fully expect a drilling rig might show up someday.
Hey 12:43 do you really live in wise county? how much do you think your precious land would be worth if we did not have oilfield trash in this county? The last time I looked even with the Obammy economy most of the people who live here are related to working in the oilfield industry. When you buy the land ck and see if you own the minerals, if you don't the buyer beware.
To 12:43 you sound like the people who wants everything but not in your backyard. Everybody wants gas to run their vehicles, everybody wants power for their ac water to drink. But build it or drill it on somebody's property. Most people around this county know how important the oil and gas industry is to wise county. it's just a way of life
From 12:43;I spent 17 years in the oil business, no longer. I know all of the arguments you people keep throwing out there. Still, when they come to you and say we want one fourth of your property so we can get rich and you get nothing, how am I supposed to feel. Especially when they can go to the vacant pasture behind me and drill. Obviously all of you commenters live in the city and have not had an oil company come take your land. When you do, then tell me how great it is. Save the country on your land not mine.
We really should stop using fossil fuels. It's such a waste and does so much harm when there are alternatives. Read the book "Flammable."
10:52 Why don't you stop using fossil fuels today and become an example to others to follow? Let us know how you are doing and give us details on costs, efficiency, and availabilty of the alternatives to fossil fuels.First thing, drive an electric car, if you have the money to buy one. Let us know how that works for you. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. If you have solutions, people will be willing to listen when you "walk the talk".Anyone really concerned about the environment will be willing to change lifestyle first.
The book "Flammable" is about what happened in a shattytown in Argentina. When you live in a shattytown, all kinds of health issues will make you sick! Overblown comments using, this as an example, will not support a reasonable debate on switching to alternatives. Real affordable solutions are needed. We can start first by conservation and stewardship. Again, leading by example is more effective. I'm not going to listen to any one using fear tactics.
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