The drilling crew at a Chesapeake well site in Louisiana was "injecting fluids at high pressure to break down the shale and release natural gas," when some cattle ingested the fluid and died. 19 of the cattle died.
That sure sounds a lot like hydraulic fracturing. In 2005, at the urging of Dick Cheney, former Halliburton CEO, Congress exempt fracing from the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It's way past time to repeal that exemption! I'll have a link up at Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS later to resolutions your group, municipality, county, etc. can adopt asking our legislature to remove the exemption.
I hate to do this but I don't have time to put the complete post with pictures up here. You can read the rest and get a link to a first person account HERE
LISD closes Hebron Valley Elementary due to probable swine flu cases (Update: 1 of the cases has been confirmed as the h1n1 swine flu strain)
This letter is to share with you that our district has three probable cases of swine influenza. The district is closing Hebron Valley Elementary from Thursday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 6th to disinfect and sanitize the building. (School will reopen on May 7th)
Currently, the Denton County Health Department is waiting for the results of the test to determine if any of the three cases are the swine flu strain. Symptoms of the swine flu are similar to the regular seasonal flu. Swine flu symptoms include: high fever of 100.5 or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, severe headache, muscle and body aches, chills and fatigue. If your child has any of these symptoms, please call your child's doctor immediately. If your child is sick, please keep your child home until there is no fever for 24 hours.
Also, the state's University Interscholastic League (UIL) has suspended all events until May 11. The district is following UIL's protocol and suspending all district activities until May 11. Continue to visit our district's website at www.LISD.net for updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the district's Communications Office at 469.948.8152.
One Hebron Valley probable case confirmed as swine flu strain
Our district's top priority is the safety and welfare of our students and staff. We continue to strive to provide timely information to our community. LISD received word from the Denton County Health Department that one of the three swine flu cases from Hebron Valley Elementary has been confirmed. The other two cases are still classified as probable. The district continues to be in contact with the Denton County Health Department on an hourly basis while monitoring the situation. At this time, the only campus that has been closed is Hebron Valley Elementary. The district will continue to follow the recommendations regarding school closures from the Denton County Health Department. While this is a stressful time for our students, parents and staff, our district would like to extend its deepest appreciation for your cooperation during this time. Continue visiting www.LISD.net for updated information.
"While we have proactively managed our business by right sizing our cost structure and driving efficiencies to maximizing our cash flows our operations are not able to support our current capital structure," Chairman and CEO Gene Carr said in a prepared statement.
ACN becomes the seventh newspaper publisher to file for bankruptcy since December 2008 when Tribune Co. filed for Chapter 11 protection. Since then, bankruptcy petitions have been filed by the parent companies of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Minneapolis Star Tribune; Sun-Times Media Group; Journal Register Co.; and the alternative weekly chain Creative Loafing.
Group Publisher Bill Weaver reassured readers of the print version of the paper that there will be no change in the day to day operations of the paper.
Lewisville mayoral candidate claims solutions for what ails police department.
In the latest screed on mayoral candidate Winston Edmondson’s website, the candidate offered some ideas on fixing what he calls “areas where our police officers feel they aren't getting the support and resources that they need.”
Edmonson addressed several things he claims to have heard from local officers: • The police think the I.C.E. 287(g) program will help in dealing with illegal immigrants. • The new jail is under-staffed. • The police are “denied tools to deal with gangs”. • The police station roof leaks and they need new chairs and desks, which can be provided by donations. • Police would have better morale if they had more patches on their uniforms. (A section later removed from the original posting)
In Lewisville, the position of Mayor is one of leadership more than it is of authority. The Mayor presides at City Council meetings, but has no veto and no vote, except in the case of a tie. The Mayor does not control the agenda, but has the same power as a council member to add an item. The Mayor has no hiring authority, and no powers of appointment. What the Mayor does have is the ability to get the attention of the public, and persuade a Council that respects him.
Although the Mayor and Council are paid a token $50 per meeting, you can consider the office as a volunteer position for all practical purposes. The Mayor’s job doesn’t just come into play on Monday nights twice a month at City Hall. There are committees, and meetings, and ground breakings, and grand openings, and charity events, correspondence with staff, conferences, and meetings with constituents.
City government can be complicated. Not only does the city have the most direct interface with the citizens in a variety of departments, but there are federal and state mandates with many rules and restrictions on what we can do. Unlike the federal government, a city cannot print more money, or borrow on a whim to cover consistent budget deficits. Unlike the state government, the city cannot delegate. The buck stops here, and all the politicians must live directly with the results of their decisions.
Because of all of these reasons, Lewisville needs a Mayor with experience working within the system. A Mayor should be a good listener, able to connect with a variety of sometimes competing interests to get to the truth of the matter. A Mayor should take a long-term view in all that he does, taking care not to get too side-tracked with things that are out of his control.
Above all, I think the best Mayor would be one who the average citizen might never see on the news or read about in the newspaper. Controversy is counter-productive; consensus and pragmatism should be the order of the day. A Mayor needs to be able to disagree with the Council or some of its members – strongly at times – but still be civil. Throwing stones at every opportunity is not going to make anyone want to follow. Lastly, having the history of living here and seeing the successes and failures of our city government is key to knowing where we are going and seeing how to get there.
I have spent a good amount of time this season talking to candidates, hearing goals and ideas, and looking at their backgrounds. I’ve also heard from a lot of local citizens, telling me stories both good and bad about both candidates – Dean Ueckert, and Winston Edmondson. Here is my take on both candidates:
The major theme of the protest, it seems is just the concept of taxes in general. Whether it was the amount of taxation, the number and types of taxes, what tax dollars are spent on, or the complication of the tax code, it was apparent that many in attendance felt “taxed to death”. A recent commenter on this blog pondered whether we thought that we knew best what to do with our money, or if the government did.
While I think there is room for some argument over how to assess and collect taxes, and what government spending is justified, I’m sorry, but I just have to call bullshit on the whole idea that we could do better without having taxes.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis, TX) is certainly deserving of WhosPlayin's most dishonorable mention for Texans - The Texas Dim Bulb Award. Given only sparingly in dishonor of the most blatant dumbfuckery, this award is highly deserved by his dimness, Joe Barton for his recent dumbass question that he posed to Nobel Prize winning scientist and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu:
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas: "Dr. Chu, you're our scientist. How did the oil and gas get under Alaska?"
Energy Secretary Steven Chu, D-Calif.: "This is a complicated story, but essentially oil and gas got there as the result of hundreds of millions of years of geology, and in that time also the plates have moved around. And so it's the combination of where the sources of the oil and gas are and...
Rep. Barton: "Isn't it obvious that at one time it was a lot warmer in Alaska and on the North Pole? It wasn't a big pipeline that we created in Texas and shipped it up there and put it underground so we could now pump it out, was it?
Nice job there, Dopey Joe. Knowing that global climate change is a conspiracy invented by the Democrats, you only trust your gut instinct that "book larnin'" and "fancy schmancy scientists" can't be nearly as intelligent as a lard-assed semi-retarded professional politician. With your vapid and maturbatory rhetoric, you took on those evil scientists, with their "evidence" and their "years of study" and their "consensus", and their "scientific method".
You sure trapped that egghead in his own lie, now didn't you. If Alaska has oil under it, then the North Pole must have been warm one time - just like that plate of greasy "freedom fries" from the house cafeteria, right? And if Alaska was warm once, that means there's no such thing as human-induced climate change. And hell, maybe it would be easier to slurp up all that oil up there if it got warmer, right?
No sir, being hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the "House GOP's leading expert on energy policy" back in 2002, you were not about to let facts confuse that wrinkly hunk of Spam that passes for your brain with knowledge that most school children learn in junior high or middle school.
After all, your inability to fathom that the earth is more than 6,000 years old is like a badge of honor these days in the G.O.P. Not even the highly paid geologists that serve your Oil and Gas industry campaign contributors could move you. Because you are simply certain that all one has to do to strike oil is "Drill, Baby, Drill".
But, your true dimmitude, other than opening your mouth to prove your ignorance beyond a doubt, was that you were just too damned stupid to realize that you came across like a buffoon. Like putting garnish on a plate of dog turds, you dutifully issued a press release that would have failed any freshman composition class in the most junior of junior colleges anywhere.
You could have buried that press release in your own highly partisan shithole of a website, but instead, you had the balls - or stupidity - to post it on the website of the Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans, some of which actually went to grown-up college and managed not to get struck in the head by fastballs.
Denton County Democrats will celebrate Barack Obama's first 100 days in office on the lawn of the Courthouse On the Square, [Map] April 29th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. There will be live music, voter registration, a speakers' forum, and of course lots of free iced tea.
Democrats are collecting non-perishable food items to benefit Christian Commuinity Action and Denton Community Food Bank.
The public is invited and participants are asked to park across from the Carroll Courts building on Carroll and Hickory, or behind the Wells Fargo Bank on Hickory and Austin.