This study produces a calibrated mathematical model of the gathering pipeline Significant Incident (SI) rate as a function of the total number of producing wells in a given region. It uses official data published by the US Department of Transportation Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and their Texas agency for data collection and regulation, the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC). The purpose of this model is to forecast the expected SI rate in the City of Fort Worth as the industry increases the number of producing gas wells in the City.
What I love most about the Mayor is his ability to attract Republican supporters--without ever selling out his principles. I truly believe he can win this race, against any Republican (or Democrat) who decides to run against him. But why hear it from me, let's hear it from the man himself:
In a sign of lingering anger over the war that will define the Republican president's foreign policy legacy, an Iraqi journalist shouted in Arabic "this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog," and hurled his shoes at Bush during a news conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Throwing shoes at somebody is a supreme insult in the Middle East. One of the shoes sailed over the president's head and slammed into the wall behind him and he had to duck to miss the other one. Maliki tried to block the second shoe with his arm.
"It's like going to a political rally and have people yell at you. It's a way for people to draw attention," Bush said. "I don't know what the guy's cause was. I didn't feel the least bit threatened by it."
MSNBC has this video:
I know that as an American, I should be concerned when our President is "attacked" on foreign soil. I know that out of respect for the office, I should not take any pleasure in it.
But as a human being, realizing the death and destruction that this sorry sumbitch has caused in the region, I really do sorta wish that one of those shoes had pegged him. When you start a war under false pretenses, and prosecute it with reckless disregard for humanity, you deserve to feel some of that backlash. All things considered, shoes are fairly harmless.
I wonder now if George W Bush will award himself with a medal of valor?
BTW, I hear that Dana Perino got a black eye in the struggle. I hate to hear that. In spite of her boss and her job, she seems like a classy lady.
What is Hydraulic Fracturing? To understand why gas well operators pump chemicals down in the Earth, you need to know why they "Fracture" a well. When a gas well is first drilled in the shale, all you have is a long horizontal hole with a steel pipe in it. The surface area of the shale exposed to the pipe is very small. To open up the rock's pores and make some channels for the gas to flow through, they pump a mostly water and sand mixture down the hole at tremendous volume and pressure. They may pump as much as 7 million gallons down one hole. This basically forces open channels through the rock, finding the smallest cracks and blasting them open with water pressure.
When the rocks are opened up, a "proppant" - silica sand - is pumped down with the water so that it wedges into the cracks and keeps them open when the water is allowed to "flow back".
So far, so good - doesn't sound very dangerous if it's just water and sand, right? The problem is that it's not just water and sand. They pump down a proprietary blend of chemicals to dissolve open pores in the rock, make the water more "slippery" so that it gets into the cracks better, and for other reasons that a geologist or chemist could probably explain. In some cases, a gelled mixture is used because it suspends and delivers the proppant better. In those cases, other chemicals are used to break the gel, leaving the proppant trapped in the rocks.
The douchebag was on the verge of basically auctioning off President Elect Obama's former Senate seat.
Apparently Blagojevich tried to pitch the deal to Valerie Jarrett, a member of the Obama team. There is speculation as to whether the Obama team may have reported the incident.
Blagojevich is on the verge of impeachment already. Democrats and Republicans both are calling for his resignation. Not only has he corrupted his state government and defiled his office, but he has put the reputation of his party in jeopardy.
I say screw that. String the bastard up by his scrotum, and whip him to within an inch of his life. At this moment, Blagojevich still has the power to appoint the Senate seat. I think the Illinois state lege needs to get him impeached quickly, and just call a special election.
I can't even express how angry I am at this selfish inconsiderate a-hole.
The below is an excerpt from an email I received tonight from one of my neighbors here in Lewisville. It seems like I have heard a lot more from people with a lot of serious concerns about drilling than I have heard from folks who just care about the money. This comes from a discussion relating to chemicals found in the "Frac water" after one of our members posted this article talking about 56 dangerous chemicals used
Ask the city officials if benzene, for example, comes with the gas out of the well, how would the company get the benzene out of harm's way? Excess benzene exposure causes leukemia, so how will the company control that exposure near the drilling site or well? What if it shoots off into the air with the pressure it comes out? What kind of ventilation procedures do they follow? Do they have a safety officer (SO)and an industrial hygenist (IH) on site 24/7? Will the IH test the gases that come out of the well and how?
Are the city fire fighters equipped with necessary protective gear for an explosion (God forbid) of any kind? Will they have "change rooms" if workers are drenched in gases or liquids coming out of the wells in large quantities when not expected? They have to be sprayed appropriately, for water may react with some chemicals.
The safety officer also has his job cut out to see that the workers are safe and that onlookers will watch from a distance. We have seen at least 54 chemicals on the list; does the company have an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) ready on each one of them to act immediately in case of emergency?
Do they have a physician or two on hand who know how to treat someone with burns or splashes or even excessive exposure? Perhaps, the local physicians could also be informed of the chemicals the company will be using and the health effects of the substances and what to look for in their patients if heavily exposed or suffering in an unusual manner.
All these are valid questions that the City can ask the company. Their Safety Officers and IHs can help formulate questions to ask.
As citizens, how can we help the city in ascertaining that the company is doing its job of not polluting the City atmosphere or the City drinking water?
If they are using water to dilute the contaminants, how and where do they discard the contaminated water? Surely not into the sewer, they won't.
What kind of alarm system does the city have if contaminants get into the sewer system and cause a fire?
Do the city officials live in Lewisville or elsewhere? If they do live here, Then they will also go through the problems we are thinking about. They are also as vulnerable to these gases and contaminated water like we are. But they may not be aware of the consequences.
I believe that before they grant approval for the drilling, the company should provide the city with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each chemical involved in the fracturing, separating, purification, etc., done on site. They should provide our City firefighters with appropriate equipment and training, and the police who should be in the vicinity at all times.
I think this may be sufficient for now to ask of the City Fathers (& Mothers).
Feel free to copy this or forward it to the City Council Members, the State Representatives, the Police and Fire Departments, and the like.
When I went last week to give my Petition letter to Sen Chris Harris' office, the secretary was aware of our Petitions being sent to Sen Harris -- a good sign.
... We all have to work together to make this a safe place for our fellow citizens. If I had a chance to vote for the drilling, I would have voted "NO" for drilling in an urban area.