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List of Commercial Gas Waste Disposal Wells by County from the Texas Railroad Commission Site (salon) Wow! I was SHOCKED to see how many waste disposal wells Wise County has- 26! Johnson County has 15. Hood has 8, Jack has 15, Montague has 20, and Parker has 6. I notice that the RRC has the stats on h.....- 2/7/2007 12:09:44 AM
Stop the Coal Rush Rally in Austin on Sunday, February 11th at 3:00 pm (salon) Got an interesting brochure in the mail yesterday from StoptheCoalrush.com "The only way to beat organized polluters is with organized people". Our Mission: The purpose of this event is to a.....- 2/6/2007 11:46:18 PM
Those 3 Criminals Who Were Going to Rob Hamilton, Texas Banks? Convicted! (salon) BackgroundThree people were convicted Tuesday in a failed plot to blow up 15 Sheriff’s Office patrol cars and rob three banks in Hamilton.A federal jury in Fort Worth convicted 27-year-old James Edwar.....- 2/6/2007 11:15:30 PM
On Women, the FDA and Drug Risks- Public Citizen Warns Against Low-Dose Birth Control Pills (salon) Can we always say that because the FDA has approved a drug that it is safe to take? No. Public Citizen says the pills increase a woman's risk of a potentially deadly blood clot more than other pills d.....- 2/6/2007 2:19:18 PM
Oh, Great. Now John Carter of Round Rock is Going to be Pushing the *Terror-Terror* theme (salon) Saw in the Waco tv site that John Carter (Texas Rep in the district next to mine) is on some kind of anti-terrorism caucus, where The caucus was created to educate lawmakers and the public about the t.....- 2/6/2007 1:54:27 PM
Bush's 2008 Budget As Relates to Nuclear Power- Squandering More than a BILLION Dollars (salon) Reminder that TXU wants to build ANOTHER nuclear power plant in Glen Rose, Texas at Comanche Peak. According to Public Citizen, here's a list of the subsidies (read: TXU ain't paying for this themselv.....- 2/6/2007 1:44:32 PM
If Homeowners Have to Cut Back on Water Use, Why Shouldn't Drillers, too? (salon) Interesting article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the Fountain Quail Water Management recycling plant in Johnson County, which recycles *frac* water coming from the drillers. Although the arti.....- 2/6/2007 1:21:28 PM
Nuclear Power Safety Stories O Day- Water Levels Fall at Indian Point Nuclear Plant in New York (salon) WCBS-TV called it an *unusual event*.Entergy Nuclear Northeast, the company that operates the Indian Point site in Buchanan, N.Y., declared an "unusual event," the lowest of four emergency a.....- 2/6/2007 1:04:07 PM
A Few Notes from the local newspaper, the Glen Rose Reporter for week of Feb 1, 2007 (salon) Here's the link to the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper. Article on the Wheeler Branch Reservoir. Last week, Kevin Taylor had an update on the project. The dam part of the project is supposed to be finish.....- 2/6/2007 11:44:54 AM
When Militarism Becomes Obsolete (salon) I believe, as many others do, that our country is part of a Corporate-Military-Industrial Complex, in which defense spending has become so much an integral and primary part of how our government funct.....- 2/6/2007 11:29:51 AM
Parental Concerns about HPV-but Not From a Religious Issue (salon) Peter Stern of Dripping Springs wrote me in regard to my last HPV post in which, in the heat of the moment after reading yet another male viewpoint saying that mandatory vaccines for females in just f.....- 2/5/2007 6:21:33 PM
And yet ONE more time on the HPV Mandatory Vaccine by Intrusive Government (salon) This is written by a LIBERAL, incidentally. I am a DEMOCRAT, I'm not a Christian, and I don't agree with the right-wing fundy religious argument- this Merck crap does NOT simplistically have only two .....- 2/5/2007 3:10:11 PM
Opting In By Default Versus Opting Out Deliberately (salon) Is it better for the government and private industry to go ahead and do intrusive things without your permission, so that you have to, first, be aware that they are doing whatever, and second, tell th.....- 2/5/2007 2:19:22 PM
Trans Texas Corridor- the I-69 NAFTA Superhighway Project to be Fastracked by TXDot (salon) From the Fort Bend Herald.Dubbed the "Nafta highway," I-69 has been proposed as a transportation corridor running from the Texas border through Michigan and into Canada. The highway could ev.....- 2/5/2007 2:02:04 PM
Ugh!~ John Cornyn (Texas) and the US Collection of DNA That is Ramping Up (salon) Did you get arrested? Detained? Your DNA will be collected under new rules in process of being completed that John Cornyn and Jon Kyl sneaked into the Violence Against Women act.  The amendment permit.....- 2/5/2007 5:09:24 AM
Recycling Water in Texas After Drilling Gas Wells Versus Injecting the Waste Into the Ground (salon) Bill Gordon of Erath County sent along information about a new report from the Texas Water Development Board, concerning groundwater use in the Northern Trinity/Woodbine Aquifer . Specifically, there .....- 2/5/2007 4:39:26 AM
Impeach Rick Perry-Letter to the Editor in the Waxahachie Daily Light, Texas (salon) Enjoyed this. Written by Paul D Perry - He speaks first of Perry's edict for forced HPV vaccinations,bypassing the legislature. At best this move is irresponsible, at worst, it reeks of the odor of qu.....- 2/5/2007 3:03:11 AM
The Worried About Water Group in Erath and Comanche Counties, Texas Catches MTGCD Member in Conflict of Interest (salon) If you work for a company that prepares water well applications, is it proper for you to be on the BOARD that APPROVES those applications? And, can Jerry Fronterhouse be so clueless that despite the f.....- 2/5/2007 2:35:01 AM
Nuclear Power Plant from TXU Going into Victoria, Texas? Victoria Government Won't Say (salon) A *group* has been in Victoria and the people spoken to have been asked to sign confidentiality agreements.Spokesman Thomas Kleckner with TXU Energy said while he couldn't comment on whether the Victo.....- 2/5/2007 2:22:03 AM
My brother is being sent to Iraq (Chair) On January 21st I received a phone call from my younger brother. He told me that his Army Reserve unit will be heading to a base here in the US to do some training on the 3rd of Feb. After 4 weeks of .....- 2/5/2007 1:30:02 AM
Disturbing- on "Muslims Want to Kill Us" (salon) For the third time in as many weeks, I have heard arguments about why Muslims, as a religion, want to kill Americans (perhaps most particularly, Christians). The argument goes something like this &quo.....- 2/5/2007 2:04:15 AM
Rick Perry Makes the Texas Legislature Irrelevant - the HPV Gift to Merck in Texas (salon) I've been on vacay for the past week but even in a faraway state on the opposite end from Texas, I couldn't believe my ears when I heard that Perry had issued an executive order forcing 12 year old gi.....- 2/5/2007 12:55:20 AM
Graffiti on the Capital Steps by Anarchists During Anti-War Protest (salon) I am not going to speak to the free speech aspects of this, as to whether the capitol police were correct in allowing these people to spray symbols all over the capital steps and then stand by while t.....- 1/29/2007 10:04:09 AM
North Texas Residents Who Participated in the Anti-War Rally in DC Yesterday (salon) Nice article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about a group of residents, from, for example, Flower Mound (Denton County) who travelled up to DC to join the tens of thousands who want us to end the war.....- 1/28/2007 12:33:26 PM
Who's Calling the Shots at Forth Worth's Textron's Bell Helicopter Company? Textron? Or the Marines? (salon) Interesting article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram today about how the CEO was canned after the Marines suggested it. Since, under that CEO, sales increased, was he a scapegoat for other problems Bel.....- 1/28/2007 12:30:09 PM
One Third of Texas Students Don't Graduate (salon) I don't know what the percentages were before, let's say, No Child Left Behind, but that seems extremely high. The article from the Houston Chronicle points out that a lot of these dropouts are from t.....- 1/28/2007 12:12:58 PM
Iraq War Roundup (salon) From the BBC- Violence Grips Iraq (photos)Sunday's attack-another US helicopter shut down and a girl's school under attack.Another Fort Hood soldier, Darrell Shipp dies in Iraq when a roadside bomb hi.....- 1/28/2007 11:59:38 AM
Recognize This Man? He robbed a bank in Stephenville (Erath County, Texas) (salon) He wasn't even trying to disguise himself.The middle-aged man with dark hair and a receding hairline walked into the lobby of First Financial Bank in Stephenville late Friday afternoon, milled around .....- 1/28/2007 11:40:52 AM
Roundup of Solar Energy News (salon) Since I've been talking so much about nuclear energy today and how I believe it was intended ONLY to be a stopgap on the way to true energy independence through solar, wind, etc technologies, time to .....- 1/28/2007 11:31:20 AM
Nuclear Power-*It's Not as Bad as Coal, Gas Or Oil; therefore We Should Use it* (salon) Second article I've read this morning that has those types of sentiments expressed and it makes me think that the corporations that want to sell nuclear energy are using the above as a talking point. .....- 1/28/2007 10:44:05 AM
Remember that Kip Averitt (Tx SD 22) CHAIRS the Natural Resources Committee (salon) Wrote about this before. I'm not the only one who is concerned about our State Senator's attitude towards dirty coal burning plants which would foul the air. But Averitt’s new assignment chairing the .....- 1/28/2007 9:43:07 AM
Why are WE helping to kickstart the Nuclear Power industry ... again? (salon) Interesting to see that nuclear power has been positioning itself as the best energy source, COMPARED to oil and gas. This despite the fact that, at least in our county and all over the Barnett Shale,.....- 1/28/2007 9:31:33 AM
Commander in Chief terminology is NOT synonymous with President (salon) I am not in the military. Bush is not my commander in chief and I wish all entitities that try to present him this way would stop, because it's not constitutional.President Nixon was not Mr. Ruckelsha.....- 1/27/2007 12:39:32 PM
You know those *CHILDREN* who are in detention camps in Texas? They're entitled to education (salon) It's just unbelieveable that Texas is incarcerating children of immigrants, even if it's a one-off by having a private entity manage the concentration detention camp.THANK GOODNESS SOMEBODY is speakin.....- 1/27/2007 12:18:35 PM
Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) has been appointed head of the 80th Legislature Agriculture Committee (salon) - 1/27/2007 12:08:38 PM
All in the Hand-Rubbing Family- Chandler of Texas Education Assessment Testing Goes to Work for TAKS Test Creator, Pearson (salon) Sheesh. Might not be illegal but it sure doesn't smell good. The state official in charge of Texas' high-stakes assessment testing has left her position to join the company that produces .....- 1/27/2007 12:03:03 PM
Millions of Texans Not Eligible for Deregulation Benefits- Unless you're a TXU, Reliant, or Direct Energy Customer (salon) Pffft."Thirty-four percent would be failing on a grade card if a child brought that home from school," counters Tim Morstad, associate state director for advocacy for the American Associatio.....- 1/27/2007 11:47:48 AM
I like this! Senator Tester Shares his Daily Schedule on the Web-Wish Chet Edwards Would Do This (salon) I have called up Chet Edwards (US House District 17) office before to ask, for example, if he would be speaking before the House on a particular issue and the person(s) answering the phone were never .....- 1/27/2007 11:38:39 AM
NAIS (National Animal ID System) *Don't Tag Texas* Rally Sponsored by Hank Gilbert in Austin (salon) On March 2, 2007 (which is Texas Independence Day, aptly enough)  at 2:00 pm. Apparently will start at Congress Ave and march up to the Capitol. via McBloggerSide note one more time about that USDA ce.....- 1/27/2007 11:21:24 AM
A Few Texas Toll Road Notes (salon) First up, the Ports to Ports highway, a toll road in Alice that would connect to the Trans Texas Corridor. Only trucks would be using this road, thus increasing truck traffic.He said work on such a st.....- 1/27/2007 11:10:57 AM
More Craiziness from Margaret Spellings in Bush's Changes for No Child Left Behind (salon) We already know Bush is trying to force private school vouchers into NCLB. Today, I read that Spellings has been on her own Dog and Pony show to push more of this swill. The Bush administration wants .....- 1/27/2007 10:05:03 AM
Texas Legislator David Liebowitz Files Bill to KILL Trans Texas Corridor (salon) and none too soon! Democratic Representative David Liebowitz says his measure would take away the Texas Department of Transportation's authority to buy land and do contracts for the project.Liebowitz .....- 1/27/2007 9:18:59 AM
More on Tarleton College in Stephenville (Erath County) Texas MLK Party (salon) BackgroundWho knew this stupidity would go national? Smoking Gun posted the pics As a side note, in the Stephenville paper, they've been running a few articles talking about this, and a black man who .....- 1/27/2007 9:16:22 AM
More about Gardasil and Texas HB215 (salon) I wrote the other day that I am not for forced, mandatory vaccinations for gardasil for 6th grade girls in Texas. My argument is not that if a family chooses to get what are expensive vaccinations for.....- 1/27/2007 8:42:42 AM
One of our extended family members is being called up to Bush's Escalation in Iraq (salon) So, our writing may be erratic for the next week. Bush arrogantly is cutting out Congress and the American public from his own decision-making-on-his-lonesome, that more reminds me of a 2 year old sta.....- 1/26/2007 9:21:07 PM
We filled out the Texas USDA Agricultural Survey-Can We be SURE the information won't be used for NAIS? (salon) Saw this on an anti-NAIS site. Use: The statute states that the information gathered “may not be used for any purpose other than the statistical purposes for which the information is supplied.” (7 USC.....- 1/26/2007 12:07:45 PM
NAIS Concerns with Somark, the company that does RFID tattoos of animals. (salon) Boy. There's a whole lot of people who have read about Somark's *digestible* tattooing of animals and military personnel with RFID ink, didn't like it, and spoke about it. (Here's the last thing I wro.....- 1/26/2007 12:04:42 PM
Local Stephenville, Texas newspaper to be owned by foreign Australian company, Macquarie Media Group (salon) One of the pleasures I have upon awakening each day is reading the local papers, not just from this county but surrounding ones, to see what's going on. I have worked for a local newspaper before, and.....- 1/26/2007 10:38:25 AM
Hamilton County, Texas County Commissioners Regulating Gas Waste Injection Wells (salon) Besides talking about the resolution, which doesn't seem to be a law or regulation, I noticed this.“We had a well drilled just outside the city limits,” Bonner said. He told the court that the well ha.....- 1/26/2007 10:10:26 AM
3 Transportation meetings about the Corridor to be held in Parker County, Texas Next Week (salon) Looks to me that the NTCOG (North Texas Council of Governors) is hosting these.The Corridor, an $8 billion multi-modal transportation plan developed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) t.....- 1/26/2007 8:57:03 AM
Cleburne (Johnson County, Texas) Updates Gas and Oil Drilling Ordinances (salon) Good to read this. I believe we need something similar in Somervell County.The updated ordinance increases the allowable distance of gas wells from residences and commercial businesses from 400 to 600.....- 1/26/2007 8:34:33 AM
What do people in *Bush Country*, Texas Think of Bush's Health Plan He proposed at the SOTU? (salon) When I read, before the State of the Union 2007, about Bush's health plan, it seemed to me that the entity that benefitted the most was the health insurance industry. The Waco Tribune article points o.....- 1/26/2007 8:29:40 AM
On Government Sticking Its Nose Into Family Decisions- RE: HPV and Gardasil (salon) I noticed a bill, HB215, the other day about making it mandatory for girls in the 6th grade to get the HPV vaccine. Immediately my hackles went up, not over whether or not it would be a good idea t.....- 1/26/2007 12:54:23 AM
A few items I see in the Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper (Glen Rose, Texas) this week (salon) January 25, 2007. The International Texas Longhorn Association is going to have groundbreaking ceremonies on Saturday at 3:00 pm (Texas Drive)The honor rolls for the Glen Rose ISD schools are listed i.....- 1/25/2007 5:23:34 PM
The Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper has an insert for Hill College Continuing Education courses today (salon) At Hill College at Glen Rose, there's going to be Basic Keyboarding, Beginning Computers, Cake Decorating, Certified Nurse Aide, Conflict Management, Etiquette Business and Professsionally, Financial .....- 1/25/2007 5:09:14 PM
Another application for a gas waste disposal well in Somervell County, Texas (salon) In the Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper (Glen Rose, Texas) on Thursday, Jan 25, 2007. Texas Star Disposals LLC is applying to the RRC for a commercial disposal well permit to dispose of "produced sal.....- 1/25/2007 5:03:14 PM
Woman Survives Natural Gas Explosion in Missouri City, Texas Home-It LEVELED her home (salon) Chronicling this-the origin of this isn't known, obviously a gas leak of some type but inside the home or outside? (Centerpoint is the gas vendor)"It's amazing she survived,"  he said. ".....- 1/25/2007 11:06:32 AM
So We Hear Governor GoodHair Perry Got BOOED at the NHL All Star Game Last night in Dallas (salon) - 1/25/2007 11:02:58 AM
SMU Methodists want to counter the Bush Policy Institute (salon) I think everyone in this neck of the woods knows about the controversy about Bush's Propaganda (Hope to Change History's View of Me) Museum to his failures. His big thing is to have a policy institute.....- 1/25/2007 10:52:15 AM
Gas Leases in Mansfield, Texas-In the Parks (salon) Yes, I understand that gas leases bring in money for cities-as this article in the Star-Telegram says, Millions. But must gas leases tap into PARK areas? (even horizontally? One imagines the gas rig s.....- 1/25/2007 10:40:38 AM
More about Atmos Energy Trying to Avoid City Scrutiny When It Tries to Raise Rates (salon) Have written about this more than a few times, including where Atmos wanted to raise rates but their justification included expense report items like hotels, limos, dinners, etc. WHY should this bill .....- 1/25/2007 10:37:07 AM
Bush policies are dead wrong -Just follow the trail of blood.... (salon) From Peter Stern of Dripping SpringsAll you need is to follow the trail of American and Iraqi blood and watch the body count increase daily.  While many Bush supporters praise his resolve regarding th.....- 1/25/2007 10:18:57 AM
Loop 9 Six Lane Toll Road... in Midlothian, Ellis County, Texas (salon) Are people happy with this in Midlothian? Does EVERY new road I seem to read about need to be a toll road? We were talking yesterday about how 144 is being expanded between Glen Rose and Granbury and .....- 1/25/2007 10:08:39 AM
Tarleton Student Called out by NAACP for Racially Offensive Photos of Party Posted on Facebook (salon) In the Stephenville Empire-Tribune (Erath County, Texas). A group of Tarleton State University students, including members of a popular fraternity, chose to “celebrate” Martin Luther King Day by throw.....- 1/25/2007 9:59:56 AM
Texas Legislator Doc Anderson Files a Non-Binding Resolution about TXU's Coal Plants-Kip Averitt Comments (salon) We've said before that SD 22's Senator Kip Averitt loves TXU's coal-fired plants. Yesterday, Doc Anderson of Waco filed a non-binding resolution, HCR43, to ask TCEQ to put a 180 day moratorium on Rick.....- 1/25/2007 9:47:40 AM
More about TXU's *Emission Credits* -Executive's Surprise Admission about those Coal-Fired Plants (salon) Wrote about TXU's sneaky 20 percent emissions promise.. shift. Here's some more from today that explains more fully why what TXU tried to present as an environmentally friendly token to reduce polluti.....- 1/25/2007 9:37:48 AM
Truckdriver Letter to the Editor about Trans Texas Corridor (salon) From Fort Worth WeeklyThank the TruckersTo the editor: I found the Jan. 10, 2007, article “Detours on a Super-Highway “ interesting, but I must admit that I bristled at the comment in the first paragr.....- 1/25/2007 9:28:11 AM
Trans Texas Corridor- TXDot website shows that Land Grab Fears Are the # One Response in Polls (salon) A recent poll posted at KeepTexasMoving.org, shows that visitors to the site consider land acquisition as the most pressing issue needing to be addressed regarding the planned Trans-Texas Corridor.Vis.....- 1/24/2007 3:02:24 PM
Atmos Energy Pushing Texas HB 651 Which Would Sidestep Muncipalities Oversight for the RRC (salon) Wrote about this before, was correct about the premise. Imagine that a gas company wants, for whatever reason but one good one might be to push rate increases, wants to side-step local municipal contr.....- 1/24/2007 2:54:10 PM
Chet Edwards (District 17) Only *Leans* Towards Opposing the Troop Escalation in Iraq (salon) Wrote about this before when I saw that he was pandering to Bush. The Cleburne paper said he was against it, but I believe they didn't accurately represent Edwards. And in fact, in this StopTheEscalat.....- 1/24/2007 2:01:32 PM
Bush Is Pushing School Vouchers Now through No Child Left Behind- Enough is Enough (salon) I don't think he'll get far with the Democrats in power, thank goodness. But it's ridic we have to watch for this travesty at both a federal AND state level. One change showcased by the White House a .....- 1/24/2007 1:46:25 PM
TXU's Sneaky 20 Percent Cut of Emissions Options -Read the Deposition (salon) DMN has an article today about TXU that brings out two facts from the deposition from the permitting process. First, that TXU could sell its emissions credits to other polluters, and second, if, wah, .....- 1/24/2007 10:20:46 AM
About those Gas Waste Injection Wells- Erath County, Texas (salon) Saw this in the Stephenville paper this morning and I think it brings up, again, a good point. People think that the gas companies are injecting ONLY salt water into the ground. No, they are not. We w.....- 1/24/2007 8:20:01 AM
Texas Legislature Bill Filed to Require Oil and Gas Landmen to be Licenced to Negotiate Mineral Rights Leases (salon) This is in direct response to the articles that have appeared recently in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about minorities getting shafted over prices paid for leases versus in white neighborhoods. (I wr.....- 1/24/2007 12:03:38 AM
Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) Hearing Notice for Huckabay Waste Well in Erath County (salon) from Bill GordonN. Barba Enterprises has requested a hearing for their proposed 30,000 barrel per day (1.3 million gallons) "commercial" oil and gas waste disposal well on 10 acres 8 miles n.....- 1/23/2007 2:48:01 PM
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