Monday, December 01, 2014

As 1st municipal fracking ban in Texas takes effect, towns test state's oil and gas supremacy

From the Star Tribune:
RENO, Texas — A Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to challenge the oil and gas industry's traditional supremacy over the right to frack. Reno Mayor Lyndamyrth Stokes said spooked residents started calling last November: 
"I heard a boom, then crack! The whole house shook. What was that?" one caller asked. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that Reno, a community about 50 miles west of Dallas, had its first earthquake. 
Seismologists have looked into whether the tremors are being caused by disposal wells on the outskirts of Reno, where millions of gallons of water produced by hydraulic fracturing are injected every day. 
Reno took the first step toward what Stokes believes will be an outright ban by passing a law in April limiting disposal well activity to operators who can prove the injections won't cause earthquakes. 
Reno and other cities are taking their lead from Denton, a university town north of Dallas where the state's first ban on fracking within city limits takes effect Tuesday. 
The Denton ban has become a "proxy for this big war between people who want to stop fracking and people who want to see it happen," said Michael Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. 
"Regulation doesn't work very well in the state of Texas because the Railroad Commission doesn't work on the public's behalf," said Dan Dowdey, an anti-fracking advocate in Alpine, a college town a few hours from two major shale formations, the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford. Dowdey and others are calling for Alpine's city commission to ban fracking — even though the closest drilling is more than 100 miles away.
Just a few months ago, it became accepted fact that America is now the #1 Oil-Producing nation in the world. 

The price of oil has gone down commensurately with America's increased production.

We see Saudi Arabia and the rest of OPEC are attempting to deal with the consequences, but they have failed to come to an agreement, and their price-fixing coalition is on the verge of collapse after 40 years of holding the world by the balls.

And Leftist agitators are now trying to put this success in it's grave one municipality at a time.

Slowly, moderate Conservatives will have to come to grips with the fact that those on the Left, who control the media, Academia, the Courts, and increasingly the halls of "Religion", simply do not want America to succeed.

Democracy and Free Enterprise in America will not survive the constant onslaught of disinformation campaigning from the Left.

There will be Civil War.

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