We know that a Wendy Davis-governed Texas would probably be more into preserving natural resources than a Texas ruled by Greg Abbott, who has sued the EPA a modest 17 times. But in a state famous for its lax environmental regulations, how much tougher would Davis be? Local environmental issues, pa ... More >>
More plaintiffs are lining up to take a crack at Chesapeake Energy, this time joined by the city of Fort Worth. It's the second major North Texas city to file suit against the first player to make a big splash extracting natural gas from the Barnett Shale. Arlington brought its $1 million claim to c ... More >>
Marc Cassel, owner of 20 Feet Seafood Joint in East Dallas, threw an interesting post up on his Facebook page this week. Holy Flying Decapod Crustaceans Batman! A few dozen soft-shell crabs (can I get a Hallelujah?) will be boarding a red-eye flight from the Chesapeake to Big D this evening, then ... More >>
Drilling thousands of feet into the earth is a cakewalk compared with dealing with City Hall.
With the announcement of 35 Denton's initial lineup, it was only a matter of time before you felt that tightening in your chest, aka the first round of SXSW acts. North Texas' Blackstone Rangers, Ronnie Fauss, the Relatives, Somebody's Darling, Sarah Jaffe and Tedashii are all represented. Thurston ... More >>
Chesapeake Energy, one of the shale boom's biggest players, has amassed the rights to drill on acreage roughly equal to the size of West Virginia. It's a shrewd strategy -- tie up all the land you can using outrageous sums of borrowed cash (more than $30 billion), freeze out your competitors, then d ... More >>
America’s fracking gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation.
Chesapeake Energy, the country's second-largest producer of natural gas, has been hit with a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of violating royalty agreements with landowners in Tarrant and Johnson counties. As you may recall, an identical suit was brought in July by a family of Johnson Cou ... More >>
A family of Johnson County landowners is suing Chesapeake, the country's second-largest natural gas company, for allegedly cheating them out of royalties. Their lawyer, Dallas-based attorney James Holmes, says they can thank endlessly indulgent Texas laws and a taxing authority more inclined to look ... More >>
Beleaguered is how you might describe efforts to clean Texas air. Emissions reduction plans -- leaning primarily on cutting vehicle exhaust -- have been gutted by the state Legislature. But one provision, passed in the last legislative session and sponsored by Woodlands Republican Senator Tommy Will ... More >>
Back in November, we wrote about Southlake, the well-heeled 'burb at whose city limits sign the fracking boom was knocking. In many ways, Southlake was emblematic of the difficulties gas producers faced as they followed the shale formation -- a mile underground -- out of the pastures and into densel ... More >>
More than two years since the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board sued Chesapeake for allegedly shorting them on millions in royalties and leaving wells undrilled, the airport and the energy company have reached an agreement. As the price of natural ga ... More >>
Dr. Michael Economides, author, CNBC regular and University of Houston professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, says Texas lost out on some $7.7 billion between 2005 and 2011 primarily because we didn't use natural gas for electricity. Economides, it should be noted, is a vocal industry ... More >>
Chesapeake Energy and Rolling Stone writer Jeff Goodell are battling over his March feature. The abridged version of the lengthy piece, unpacked further by Brantley, goes like this: Drilling appears to be a Ponzi scheme with Chesapeake's founder, Aubrey McClendon, as its leader. Neither McClendon no ... More >>
Is the United States the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas?" as President Barack Obama has said. Or has the energy industry used fuzzy math to hype its estimated reserves to entice buyouts and Wall Street investment? Tough to say for sure, but last month the U.S. Energy Information Administration scaled ... More >>
TBN NewsletterThe denizens of tony Southlake successfully defeated the fracking juggernaut, turning industry leaders like Chesapeake back at the city limit sign. Or maybe it was the low natural gas prices that did it. Tough to say, really. But what can they do when a derrick goes up a stone' ... More >>
Crowd funding from fans frees her to create Chesapeake.
In one of America's wealthiest suburbs, an unlikely band of drilling opponents helped drive away the world's biggest energy companies. Did they save the town or ruin it?
Photos by Leslie MinoraAnti-drilling activists show their support for one of the public speakers.At last night's Gas Drilling Task Force public hearing at Dallas City, citizens' outcries ranged from polite thank-yous to pleas for tighter restrictions all the way to full-on verbal assaults tha ... More >>
Photo by Leslie MinoraReal estate expert, Dan Wright, talks to the task force about drilling's effect (or lack thereof) on property values.Yesterday afternoon, the city's gas drilling task force heard presentations (slideshows here) from three experts who explained the impact of drilling on n ... More >>
Photos by Taryn WalkerThe crowd at yesterday's Arlington trip sizes up an actively drilling Chesapeake site.Tuesday, Dallas gas drilling task force members -- and city council members Angela Hunt, Linda Koop and, but of course, Sheffie Kadane -- poured out of two white 15-passenger vans and into the ... More >>
Photos by Leslie MinoraA from-the-street view of the proposed Camp Wisdom XTO drilling site, pending SUP approvalThis afternoon, the Dallas City Council-approved gas drilling task force will take a field trip out to where gas wells are more abundant than Tex-Mex joints and compressor stations ... More >>
Chesapeake EnergyA diagram from "Ask Chesapeake" shows a disposal well for spent fracking fluid, down into the Ellenburger Formation underneath the Barnett Shale.If you thought you'd heard the last from the City Council on gas drilling for a while, well, think again.Originally, the council was go ... More >>
Worries about groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing around the Barnett Shale got a fresh wave of attention yesterday -- first with a pair of federal suits filed in Dallas, and then with the Town of Flower Mound's denial of a request to drill near to Grapevine Lake. Keystone Energy w ... More >>
Artists protest gas drilling in Fort Worth
Regan Adair, honored by the DFW Theater Critic Forum for a season's worth of work -- including his by-God hilarious turn in Dallas Theater Center's The Misanthrope Win a DFW Theater Critics Forum award and you get … absolutely nothing. No bronze trophy. No crystal gewgaw with your named etched int ... More >>
In case you missed yesterday's All Things Considered, the National Public Radio show ran a lengthy segment about the Barnett Shale and, more specifically, Chesapeake Energy's efforts to sell urban gas drilling to the folks getting drilled. And, yes, among the subjects discussed is ShaleTV, which hir ... More >>
Late yesterday I had the pleasure of hearing Tracy Rowlett say the word "vajayjay." And, no, he wasn't using it as a pejorative. We were talking about the changing face, or something, of news and how it's all one big commercial nowadays anyway. "Anything who's accusing me of selling out hasn't looke ... More >>
This man will crush you if you mess with the Barnett Shale. Dallas-based ICC Energy Corp. sued Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. in Dallas district court yesterday. Why come? Alleges today's media release from the law firm repping ICC Enegy, "Chesapeake reneged on a commitment to partner w ... More >>
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