Here are links to all five of the Behind the Shale articles by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe and Lowell Brown of the Denton Record Chronicle.
Eminent dominance Expansion of natural gas industry into Barnett Shale leaves Argyle families little recourse.
Chapter 1: Neighbors along Britt Drive are approached by land men eager to drill in the Barnett Shale. Some are wary of the impact on their quality of life and question whether the amount of money offered is worth it.
Perils afoot Gas boom brings potential dangers closer to homes
Chapter 2: Urban drilling means these rough-and-tumble workplaces are closer to homes than ever. But its boom-or-bust nature creates a psychosocial environment for the Britt Drive neighborhood that fosters distrust of both sides.
Culture clash Texas in tug-of-war between valuable resources underground and the people who live above
Chapter 3: Cities are trying to preserve their authority to make rules for health, safety and welfare, but the industry is pushing back. Britt Drive neighbors watch one such battle unfold in their backyard.
Chapter 4: A doctrine of exemption allows the industry to develop oil and gas resources without having to study the environmental or health impacts of their work. Britt Drive neighbors worry about how drilling would affect their environment.
Chapter 5: Industry insiders sometimes marginalize gas drilling opponents, but the conversation about where to draw the line in urban drilling persists. The Britt Drive neighbors’ quest to keep drillers away grows increasingly desperate.
Loser, quit reading blogs, go outside and play. It's a gorgeous day in North Texas - sunny, warm, and breezy. Go mow the lawn, get yourself a tan, or something. Just go enjoy the weather while you can.
I love me some Tina Fey. When she was on Saturday Night Live, I waited anxiously for each installment of "Weekend Update". When she left, I was all about watching "30 Rock". When Sarah Palin was selected as the VP choice, I was glad to see Tina come back to Saturday Night Live to play her.
So, when I went to the video store tonight to find a DVD I had been looking for, I was excited to see that Vanity Fair had a gorgeous picture of Tina on the cover calling her a "New American Sweetheart" and promising photos by Annie Leibovitz, I snatched up a copy, anxious to.. um read... more.
Officials suspect that 9 million gallons of sewage possibly spilled into Stewart Creek in Frisco over the past two weeks. But inspectors say initial testing of the lake water revealed normal conditions.
“There appears to be no impact on the lake at this point,” said Andrea Morrow, a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
City of Frisco utility crews discovered and repaired the broken sewer line Monday.
Stewart Creek feeds into Lewisville Lake, a recreational water body and a drinking water source for cities including Dallas, Irving, Denton and Flower Mound.
Lewisvillians, we have our marching orders. For the next few days, we all drink beer.
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind...and, if you remember the rest of the song, you're doing one better than we are. At any rate, it is the last Monday of the year and that means it is time for the Texas Progressive Alliance's End-Of-Year Round-Up For 2008.
2008 was a heck of a year for Texas Progressives. The Presidential Primary came to Texas (for real), we caucused, conventioned, challenged, credentialed, voted, elected, counted, re-counted, brought Netroots Nation to Texas, watched Tom Craddick fight for his life, said farewell to legends, got a head start to on the race to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison and more. A lot more.
It is in that spirit that we bring you the final round-up of 2008. Enjoy.
I think they raise some very interesting points - including some I hadn't thought of. My optimism that we could reach a gas deal for our neighborhoods that doesn't really mess up our environment and screw with our property values is starting to fade.