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What? No offer for me?

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/11 22:20:00 (1058 reads)

Most of my neighbors in the Valley Vista subdivision got offers from Cherokee Horn today. My neighbors on my street, next door, and all through the neighborhood got them, and I've been hearing all evening from them that they consider it a joke.

I don't think we'll see a whole lot of folks signing from the neighborhoods we got to first.

Oh yeah, no offer to my house. Color me shocked!

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Latest News and Thoughts on Lewisville Drilling

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/10 20:25:39 (1667 reads)

Thought I would take a minute to share the latest news and thoughts on the potential for gas drilling here in Lewisville.

Watch Channel 8 (WFAA) news tonight at 10pm. Brett Shipp is supposed to be doing an expose on the salt water injection wells.

The Lewisville Oil and Gas drilling ordinance was amended this past Monday Night. (and thankfully bans those injection wells within our city)
- Here's what I published last week.

- The Lewisville Leader had it on the front page today.

Also in today's paper was coverage of our Central Park Area Neighbors Association meeting last Saturday

I was up late last night reading a rather long and academic article about the Barnett Shale's geologic features. Though the article was from 2003 (reposted in 2007) I was able to gain a bit more understanding and clear up a couple of things I didn't have quite right before.

1. The gas is more thermally mature, the closer you get to the Ouachita Thrust, because that is where the Earth's heat was channeled up to the shale to bake it. Thermal maturity means a lower BTU content in the gas:

Sections of the Barnett bordering the Ouachita front (regardless of depth) have the highest thermal maturity and, hence, the lowest BTU-content of produced gas. The region of the Barnett away from the Ouachitas and areas shielded from the Ouachita front (i.e., the area adjacent to the Muenster arch [which happens to be the deepest part of the basin]) are thermally less mature.

2. Drilling near a fault, though it may work for better production in other plays, is a bad idea in the Barnett: the Barnett play extensive macroscopic natural fracturing (e.g., near fault zones) hinders gas production because the fractures that are present are filled with carbonate cement. This cement also appears to have at least partially occluded the matrix porosity around the fault zones. Wells drilled on or near structural highs also perform poorly. The best place to drill a Barnett well is where there are no structural flexures or faulting of any kind.

Of course, what we don't know right now is exactly how far from a fault such as the one that formed the Muenster Arch has to be away from the area before the recovery is not affected.

Take a look at the map to the left. (Click to Enlarge)

I used Google Maps to create a map of the three nearest drill sites with production data.

Our neighborhood drill sites (proposed) are shown with yellow pins in the center. To the North, two Carrizzo wells in Hickory Creek. Both wells are not good producing wells. The one on the west produced twice as much, initially as the one to the east, but the best production it ever had was .385 MMCF / day - about $!04,000 per month, if it held steady, which it did not. Could this well have located the boundary of the Muenster Arch?

To our South, the wells at DFW North: A 4HL High: 52,976 MCF 11/2007
Last: 13,719 MCF 06/2008. - About 1.8 MMCF / day or $477,000 / month.

The Sam Wilson units to the West of us produce greater than 2 MMCF per day.

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Lets talk about economic risk.

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/9 21:20:00 (722 reads)

In economics, there is a principle called market efficiency which is generally used to describe a playing field where all the participants know the value of a thing. With market efficiency, players can buy or sell, relatively secure that both benefit from the transaction. The seller knows he's getting what his goods are worth, and the buyer knows she's not over-paying. Most of us don't think much about market efficiency unless we play in the stock market.

But when there is a lack of efficiency in a market, that is when fortunes are made or lost. It is in these situations that the one who owns the information runs the table.

Inherent in the market price of any good, service, or financial instrument is a portion of the price directly tied to risk. When you buy insurance on your car, you're paying mostly for risk. When you buy electronics at a pawn shop, you're receiving a risk discount because you are paying less than market price in exchange for the risk that you're buying some unwarranted piece of crap.

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Mayor Palin Charged Rape Victims for Their Exams

The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/9 7:23:35 (1360 reads)

When Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, the town charged rape victims for their own sexual assault exams. That is just heartless. Thankfully, the state outlawed that practice under Gov. Tony Knowles.

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Be the Change

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/8 8:11:09 (896 reads)

Hat tip to Mary for passing this Kat Edmonson music video along to us:

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Thoughts on Sunday Night

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/7 21:33:12 (1298 reads)

It's Sunday night, and the weekend is slipping away. I just put in the 4th load of laundry, and am finally getting a chance to sit down with my thoughts.

Gas Drilling Stuff
This stuff has pretty much consumed all of my spare time lately, keeping me from writing about the normal things I write about. But I guess when something happens in the neighborhood, it has a more immediate and direct effect on you. We had a meeting on Saturday night, which I described in a post earlier today.

My speaking part in this thing is to just list some of the possible environmental effects that drilling could have on a neighborhood. And of course, basically you're talking about the worst-case scenario, which can scare people. I make a point to say that I'm not trying to scare people, but to give them some things to look at, and make up their minds about how much risk they're willing to take. It is of course made difficult because I am not an oil guy or a geologist or anything of that nature. I'm just a guy who has lost a lot of sleep staying up to ungodly hours reading about this stuff. In spite of it all, I remain cautiously optimistic that we can reach a happy medium and get this gas under our neighborhood extracted with minimal disruption of the environment.

Honestly, I wish we could put the genie back in the bottle, but since they know the gas is here, and the prices are going to do nothing but go up, I think there's only so long we can forestall the drilling.

Seth for Student Council
My oldest son, Seth (9) is running for student council in his 4th grade class. He says there are 12 of them running for 4 seats. I wish I knew how to help him. We did go and buy some posterboard, and I took a photo (right) of him to print out and tape to the poster.

I hope he's not too disappointed if he doesn't get it. Maybe the campaigning will do him well in his social interactions with his new classmates.

Shat upon
Yesterday, the kids had Ron (pet lizard) out playing with him. They gave him to me, and I let him sit on my chest while I watched TV, lounging in my bed. I caught a whiff of poo, and thought maybe one of my sons had farted, so I tried to ignore it. But then another gust of poo-stench came my way, and I looked down to see this little reptile extruding a cigarette-butt-sized slimy turd right on my shirt. My boys think that's incredibly funny. This makes the second time I've been shat upon by Ron. Last weekend, Seth was running in the hall and fell down with Ron in his hand, knocking this little lizard unconscious. He came to me crying, thinking that he had killed poor Ron. As I took a lifeless Ron into my hand to look at him, he expelled right into my hand what I assumed to be a death crap. (If you've ever had a pet die, you know what I mean) When I took the "corpse" to the sink to wash the turd off, little Ron perked up and shook his head side-to-side.

The Job
Things are still a little tough for me on the new job. There's just so much of the system for me to learn, and it's a little less intuitive than other systems I've worked on. But still, I'm getting some things accomplished, and my employer is going to let me begin working some days from my own Lewisville office. Of course, I still have a couple of clients from my old job to support, so I'm trying to fit in hours here and there as I can, and not doing a great job of it.

Timber Creek Trail
Today, Mamask8z and I walked along a section of the new Timber Creek trail, that is part of the city's park system. It's a very nice and very wide sidewalk winding along the creek and covered by a canopy of grand old trees. I'm in love with it.

Cub Scout site
Seems like all the time I'm turning down requests to build websites for non-profit groups. Every now and then I get guilted into doing one, or just get caught off guard. So I've begun building a new site for my son's pack, based on the Xoops software that runs this site. I think it will be easier to maintain than the various pages that seem to have been built all by hand by the previous volunteer. I'm actually sort of amazed at what they had before. It took a lot of hard work. Hopefully I can salvage a lot of that, but make it much easier to maintain and update - even by non-techies. Lord knows if I had to do this website by hand, it just wouldn't get done.

Presidential Race
What a week, eh? I tried hard to force myself to watch as much of the Republican convention as I could stand. I must admit that on Tuesday night when Fred Thompson spoke, I had to watch it from a bar. To me, Palin's speech sounded really canned, and had some "less than truthful" statements in it. The worst one, I thought was the fear-mongering about "Obama will raise your taxes.". Actually John McCain is the only one with a plan on the table to raise taxes on the middle class. But when do we let facts get in the way? Funny how emotional some folks get over taxes, even as the economy tanks and our dollars don't go as far. It's like they'll waste a dollar trying to save a dime on taxes just for principle.

All in all, I'd say Obama comes out ahead this week, even after the mudslinging. I know that Palin seems to energize the base, but her radical views won't gain much traction with middle-America.

Gold Digger
Heard a catchy tune on the radio today by Kanye West called Gold Digger. Really funky riffs in there. You know, Kanye is a talented guy, but I really am a little disturbed by the use of the "n" word in lyrics. You can listen to a censored version here:

Pork and Beans
Mamask8z thinks y'all need some Pork and Beans

Well, that's all I have in me for tonight. Take care,

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Rethinking Health Care

The Editor's Column
Posted by Trace on 2008/9/7 16:21:13 (1696 reads)

In the summer of 1991, Working for someone else was something that no longer appealed to me. So I decided to go to work for myself. Assembling a great business plan and with great enthusiasm I hit the road looking for investors.

One of my first investor stop was a man who had made his fortune by providing MRI {Magnetic resonance imaging}. His company had cornered the New England market for this niche. And since my company was of a medical nature I was sure his company and my start up company would be a very good match. The big day arrived as we talked our conversation came to price for my service. He told me he was concern because my pricing structure was much less than other companies that provided the same service. In fact my price was thirty three percent less than any of my competitors. It is all in the plan down to the dime. Nothing left to chance. He looked me right in the eye and said: Know why I get eight hundred dollars for twenty minutes in one of my machines. Because I can that’s why. Government keeps people out of this line of business. Government is a valuable tool to use in any lucrative medical business. Government lets me keep my prices high by keeping competition out of my market area. It was that day I realize government was the reason health care was and continues to spiral out of control.

The problems;
Health care just cost too much.
Health care for all is something that must happen.
To many people think that health care is something government should just give them.
But, at what price?

Barack Obama, “We now face an opportunity- and a obligation- to turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday‘s health care debates… My plan begins by covering every American. I f you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. That will be less. If you are one of the 45 million Americans who don’t have health insurance, you will have it after this plan becomes law. No one will be turned away because of preexisting condition or illness.” Excerpt from Speech in Iowa City, IA, May 29, 2007

John McCain, The Value of credit -- 2,500 dollars for individuals, 5,000 dollars for families - would also, be enhanced by greater competition this reform would help create among insurance companies. Million of Americans would be making their own health-care choices again. Insurance companies could no longer take your business for granted, offering narrow plans with escalating costs. It would help change the whole dynamic of the current system, putting individuals and families back in charge, and forcing companies to respond with better service and lower cost. Excerpt from Speech at University of Florida April 29, 2008

Reading both positions thoroughly on there web sites I realize neither candidate has any real clue on how to solve this mess. Yes, both have a good general grasp of the problem. But, neither really say how they will really fix it or more importantly haw they will come up with the money to pay for it. Taxing the rich always sounds great but not very realistic.

47 million and growing Americans now lack health-care insurance. Without coverage, they often delay seeing a doctor. And as a result, people whose problems might have been easy to treat early on end up instead in the hospital -- at a huge cost to everyone.

Health-care costs in this country have risen from 5% of national productivity 50 years ago to 16% now, and it's just going to get worse as baby boomers hit retirement age over the next few years. To put it in terms your wallet can understand, the average American family of four now faces health-care costs -- including insurance -- of $14,500 a year. That's about a third of median household income. Employers are increasingly unwilling to eat the bill. General Motors says that it already has about $1,400 in medical costs priced into every vehicle. And most families can't do it on their own. In just 25 years, federal spending for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (which was originally designed for the poor but increasingly also supports long-term care for the elderly) will about equal what we now spend on the entire federal government. Paying for those programs, without reform, will take tax increases of nearly 10 percent of gross domestic product -- the equivalent of payroll taxes of 30 to 35 percent. Social Security today is the chief topic of conversation, but it's no secret that health care costs for the elderly will increase much more than retirement payments and much more quickly.

The trick; have mandatory health insurance for all, with subsidies for low-income citizens, while making the system more efficient. The first step is to:

1.) Value based Competition;

Vigorous competition is needed to improve worth for customers, or the quality of products or services relative to their price. It leads to persistent improvements in efficiency. Product quality and customer service improve. Innovation propels advances in the state of the art. Quality adjusted prices fall, and the market expands and more customer needs are met. Choice expands as firms work to distinguish their products or services from others. Excellent firms prosper while firms with low quality, poor service, or high costs decline or go out of business unless they make fundamental improvements in the way they operate. This is what value based competition looks like, but it is a far cry from what we see today in health care.

Health care competition must be transformed to a value-based competition on results. This is the best way, and the only way, to drive sustained improvements in quality and efficiency. The experience in numerous other industries tells us that this transformation is possible. It also tells us that there can be stunning progress when the right kind of competition is unleashed.

2.) Medical savings Accounts

Medical savings accounts are the one reform proposal designed precisely to counter the fundamental cost- control problem. They restore direct incentives to consumers to control costs, which stimulates true market cost-control competition.

The experience of private companies currently using Medical savings accounts type approaches to reducing health care costs proves that Medical savings accounts can control rapidly rising health costs, while preserving both quality and patient choice. By enacting federal MSA legislation, Congress would establish a fully comprehensive cost-control system that would restrain costs without imposing rationing by either the government or insurance bureaucracies.

Economists from across the political spectrum understand that one of the major factors driving health care costs is our third-party payment system that insulates consumers from the cost of their health care decisions. Medical savings accounts are the one health care reform proposal designed precisely to counter that fundamental cost-control problem. They restore direct incentives to consumers to control costs and stimulate true market cost-control competition. Medical savings accounts are far more than a theory. Despite the heavy discrimination against them in the current income tax code, employers and workers across the country have already begun establishing and using Medical savings accounts in place of traditional third-party insurance.

Among the companies currently using Medical savings accounts type insurance plans are Golden Rule Insurance Company, Dominion Resources, Forbes magazine, Quaker Oats. Just to name a few. As well dozens of small businesses across the country have also started using Medical savings accounts. In all those companies, Medical savings accounts have proven highly effective at controlling costs, as well as highly popular among workers.

3.) Health Debit Cards

Health care debit cards will be one of the easiest ways for individuals to pay for qualified medical expenses from their Medical savings accounts. By using health care debit cards, the number of receipts and claim forms one must fill out in order to be reimbursed is significantly reduced. Instead, money from the account is used to pay for expenses right at the point of purchase. In addition to tax benefits offered to both employers and employees by Medical savings accounts, one of the major appeals of such plans is the control they give to individuals over their health care. Medical savings accounts are used to pay for expenses not covered under most traditional health care plans. This includes everyday purchases like over-the-counter medications, co-pays, and eyeglasses. Of course, the typical reimbursement process of most health plans can hinder the convenience offered. This is where health care debit cards can help.

The Second Step ;

Now that the problem has been addressed. And the solutions have been found. How do we pay for such a massive undertaking as Health care for all? Make health care the right of every American. I believe I have the answer to do all this. After the election I will be publishing my book early next year called - “Bobble Head Politics “ The answer to How to pay for Health Care for all. Is a chapter in this book.

Don Tracey

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Lewisville Citizens Meet to Discuss Gas Drilling

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/7 16:20:00 (4257 reads)

Saturday night, upwards of 225 residents of Lewisville packed the First Christian Church sanctuary to talk about the possibility of Barnett Shale gas drilling within the city, and what it will mean to mineral owners and neighborhoods. The meeting was organized by the Central Park Area Neighbors Association (CPANA), formed specifically to deal with drilling offers in Lewisville.

Some residents in various neighborhoods in Southern Lewisville have been offered signing bonuses of $2,500 per acre or $500 per household, plus a 20% net royalty on the gas. The company making the offers, Cherokee Horn Production, LP. claims that in spite of $30,000 an acre offers in nearby cities and 26.5% gross royalties, that the offer in Lewisville is fair because of the risk of drilling into a dry hole or hitting the Muenster Arch formation that marks the Northeastern end of the Barnett Shale.

The major thrust of the meeting was to convince mineral rights owners not to sign with Cherokee Horn, but instead to shut them out and join forces to seek a better deal with an actual drilling company. Cherokee Horn has never drilled a well in Texas, according to public records searches. The plan is that if the neighborhood drives the negotiations, then we can negotiate for important environmental concessions, as well as more reasonable compensation for the minerals.

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4 Non Blondes and Blind Melon

Zen by Jen
Posted by Fluffy_the_Great on 2008/9/6 15:07:27 (997 reads)

Two of my fav songs. Hope you enjoy.

Moral: Scream when you need to.
4 Non Blondes - "What's Up?"

Moral: Bee different. Relish your difference.
Blind Melon - "No Rain"

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Lewisville Proposes Changes to Drilling Ordinance

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/5 20:00:00 (1611 reads)

On the agenda for the Sept 8th Lewisville City Council meeting is the following item:

17. Consideration of an Ordinance Amending the Lewisville City Code, Article XVIII, Sections 7-601 Through 7-619 Regulating the Drilling and Production of Oil and Gas Wells Within the City of Lewisville by Providing Additional Landscaping, Requiring Additional Setbacks, Changing Certain Fees, and Other Related Matters.

In April 2006, Council adopted an ordinance that provided specific guidelines and requirements related to the drilling and production of oil and gas wells within the City. Staff recommends the current ordinance be amended. The amendment will include modifications to the landscaping requirements, changes to the hours of operations from 7am to 10pm to 7am to 7pm; increase of well setback limits from a minimum of 400 feet to 500 feet; adjustment to the application fee from $2,500 to $10,000; and eliminating the pit type system for containment of water and byproducts in favor of a closed loop containment system.

That the City Council approve the ordinance amending the Lewisville City Code Article XVIII Sections 7-601 through 7-619 regulating the drilling and production of oil and gas wells within the City.

My Thoughts:
I would absolutely support these changes.

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