I am SO thankful that pits are not allowed in Lewisville by City Ordinance. Take a look at what Carrizo has done right next to these folks' houses:
They're spraying some substance from those trucks - looks like mud - onto the unlined ginormous pit. Bear in mind, nobody who knows what is in it will share the ingredients, but the video notes that it smells like kerosene.
Well, isn't that wonderful? Oh - and take a look at the dust cloud as they leave. Lewisville has probably dodged the bullet on this one, and yet drilling is still happening. See, they CAN do things right when you FORCE them to. Nobody should have to live with this in their back yard.
If you read our last post, "Stupid Reactionary Liberals", then I'm sure you will have gathered that we don't take accusations of racism lightly. It is understood that from time to time people do say or write things that don't necessarily reflect what they carry in their hearts with regards to their fellow man.
So when I heard about the comments made by State Rep. Leo Berman (R, Tyler) to a Dallas lawyer of Chinese descent, I had to ask some serious questions about whether it was likely the comments were meant in a racial way. On examining the balance of Leo Berman's actions in the legislature, his public statements, and the testimony of those present, I can only conclude that his comments were most likely racist in nature.
What happened was that Berman had put forward a bill to require that illegal immigrants be relocated to so-called "sanctuary cities". Such a bill could never be seriously considered, and was only proffered as a divisive jab against those who prefer a more sensible discussion on immigration.
When Leo Berman told this man to "go home" and "kiss my ass", I think it is safe to conclude that Berman's implication was "go home [to China]". Though we can understand the frustration politicians may have when they are challenged, it is just never, ever acceptable for a public servant to tell someone to "kiss their ass" or "go home", regardless of where "home" may mean.
For that reason, WhosPlayin has signed on as a co-sponsor to the Censure Leo Berman website. We would like to encourage our readers to have a look, and consider sending a letter or making a phone call to take your stand and say "this is not okay".
Again, let me stress that it is NOT our position that everyone who works against illegal immigration is somehow racist. In this particular case, Berman's choice of words gave away his line of thinking, and conveyed what is most likely embedded within his mind - that people of non-white ethnicity are somehow "foreign" or less than human, or less than deserving of being members of our society. To us, that is the wrong motivation to work on the immigration problem, and it is a severe hindrance to someone who is entrusted as a representative of his district.
Towering above Mount Lewisville today, you can see the top of a drilling rig operated by Nabors on behalf of Chesapeake Energy. This rig is drilling the Duwe (pronounced "Doo-vee") well inside the Farmers Branch "Camelot" landfill. We drove in and shot some video. (We first reported on this well back in December of 2008)
My first impression of the site was that it was very clean, and the noise was not unbearable from our vantage point about 200' to 250' away from the hole.
This well is important and is being closely watched by the city and its residents for several reasons:
- This is the first Barnett Shale gas well being drilled within the city limits, and is also the farthest well East with respect to the Muenster arch formation, which was thought to run roughly along the I-35E corridor.
- The quality of this well will provide additional data about what the formations directly under the populated part of the city might produce. If this well produces well, it would possibly make the neighborhoods between it and Williams Company's "Sam Wilson" Unit 4-6H in Flower Mound, a bigger and more lucrative target. Sam Wilson produced 20,646,000 cubic feet of natural gas in November, 2008 - the last month for which production data was available.
- This well is the first test of Lewisville's Oil and Gas Ordinance and well permitting process, one of the toughest in the area.
- The site is very close to the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, which runs directly to the West of the site.
The landfills in Lewisville are dotted with hundreds of small gas wells which recover landfill gas that fuel electricity generation.
This past Sunday, I drove out to the tiny town of Dish, TX (in Western Denton County) at the invitation of Dish Mayor, Calvin Tillman. Tillman showed me around the city, and explained some of the issues that his town has had to deal with.
Part I: Pipeline easements, Crime, Metering Stations, Smells, Dangers
Part II: A Compressor station, and discussion of community impacts and land use.
Part III: Up close with loud compressors, water pollution, eyesores.
If you live in the Barnett shale like I do, it would behoove you to make sure that your neighbors and your elected officials see what has happened in Dish. Those who don't pay attention to the history are doomed to repeat it.
Note: this post has been updated to account for information provided by Lewisville's Chief of Police Here in Lewisville, our City Council recently passed a new animal ordinance which among other things banned the roadside sales of animals. One of the big problems with this kind of thing is the safety issue, but another thing is that it promotes an irresponsible industry that ultimately harms society.
Here on February 14th, weeks after the ordinance passed, is yet another roadside puppy sale:
Due to timing issues, the ordinance will not take effect until February 16th, though the city originally had said February 9th.
The ordinance allows an exception where properties are "certified to sell animals". I was on my way to a meeting, so I didn't ask to see a permit, but I would think it's safe to assume that the government doesn't issue permits for an address like "grassy area alongside the intersection of I-35 and 3040".
This past December, a group of Lewisville residents representing several Neighborhood Crime Watch organizations got together with representatives from the Lewisville Police Department and decided to form an independent organization to link crime watch groups together.
This new organization, the Lewisville Crime Watch Board (L.C.W.B.), has the support of city and police staff, and holds meetings at the Lewisville Police Department.
The general public is being invited to a joint crime watch meeting on March 2, 2009, 7pm at the police department. L.C.W.B. volunteers will present a kid-friendly presentation along with a Q & A session about forming your own neighborhood crime watch.
The LCWB is dedicated to helping law enforcement make Lewisville a safer and more enjoyable place to live. Where once there were scattered Neighborhood Crime Watches of limited activity and participation, there are now coordinated efforts by both the larger and the smaller Crime Watch groups to form a city-wide net that discourages criminals from bringing their activities and crime to Lewisville.
In a letter to President Obama Senator "Big Bad John" Cornyn and the Texas Republican congressional delegation threw a hissy fit about any possible relocation of Gitmo detainees to federal facilities in Texas.
Why? Because the big bad terrorists will come target these facilities, and "Big Bad John" and his merry band of walking group-think are scared that federal prisons that guard our most dangerous serial killers can't manage to hang on to a bunch of flip-flop wearing detainees, many of whom were children when they were picked up for being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Quake in your boots, you bunch of losers. Go ahead and live your lives in fear. Feed your fear, so that it will eat you from the inside out.
As far as I'm concerned, they can build a new federal prison in Lewisville to house these detainees. I'll even volunteer to work a few shifts with my trusty rifle at the ready. Most of you wusses wouldn't know the first thing about that, would you? Volunteering, or using a rifle for something besides riling up the base...
Keep it up, Republicans. You've played the fear card until it's played out. I'm sure the base loves that shit - the ones you have left, anyway.