What was presented at the April 7 information meeting?

To give all residents a chance to review what was discussed at the April 7 information meeting we have uploaded all information to our blog. Please click the below links to review the presentation of each speaker.

Calvin Tillman – mayor of Dish, TX
Review the presentation as shown to the public – Calvin Tillman presentation

Tim Ruggiero – land owner with drill sites in Decatur, TX
Read Tim’s story in the Denton Record-Chronicle – click here.

Sharon Wilson – Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project
Review the presentation as shown to the public – Sharon Wilson presentation<
Sharon blogging about the information meeting – click here

Peggy Bush – Corinth resident
Summary of the variances requested by the permit applicant for the 2 wells on the property of the Lake Sharon Christian Center. Click here – for a description of the variances.

From left to right: Tim Ruggiero, Sharon Wilson and Calvin Tillman

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    Virginia Holt said,

    I’m sending this out today.

    Mayor Ruggiere and City Councilors,

    Many of us in west Corinth are concerned that XTO Energy has requested a variance to transport hazardous fracking wastes from the Lake Sharon Christian Center site by truck rather than by pipeline. Fracking trucks will tear up our roads and will cause or contribute to accidents on our already dangerous, overcrowded roads. Trucking of hazardous waste right near the Lake Lewisville watershed could also pollute our source of drinking water. Given the wealth of the Barnett Shale and the likelihood of future gas development locally, your decision on April 15, 2010 is very important. Give XTO Energy a variance which permits them to truck and not to pipe and it will become a de facto ordinance. Do the right thing.

    At the 4.8.2010 work session I heard XTO Energy state that two wells require approximately 200 trucks. I also heard that our roads and traffic signals are already inadequate. I heard that our current police force and our fire department are inadequate to handle more responsibility without hiring extra personnel.

    We fear that the long-term impact on our roads and our infrastructure could be greater than we assume. We do not have a correct estimate of the number of trucks, the eventual number of wells that could be drilled at the site, or the number of times these wells will be re-fracked in their up to 30-year lifespan. Estimates of water use also fails to consider the number of wells or the times they will be refracked. Re-fracking a well can require up to 25% MORE water than when the well was originally opened. It is highly unrealistic to assume that all the water for these operations will come from Lake Sharon, given the fact we have just emerged from a major 5-year drought. This, of course, will mean even more trucks on our roads.

    XTO Energy will receive the maximum profit from the gas under our ground. The Energy Industry and not a small city should bear the costs and set up the infrastructure for dealing their industry’s waste products. XTO Energy’s decision to truck the wastes out rather than pipe is a financial decision, not a necessity. They are a large energy corporation, widely expected to soon be purchased by EXXON energy, an even larger company. They certainly have the funds and the ability to secure pipeline right-of-ways to construct a pipeline up to the Gainesville site. Require them to do this. If you do this, it could be the start of a good thing.
    Texans should not permit XTO Energy and other Energy Corporations extract to local resources while neglecting to pay for the proper long-term solution to the wastes. We treat our sewage in order to prevent health issues and epidemics. Energy Corporations should do the same with ALL their drilling by-products.

    In the immediate future Corinth and surrounding communities should require an alliance of the major energy companies to set up a more permanent infrastructure to deal with fracking waste by-products. Permitting individual operators to periodically run large numbers of hazardous waste-bearing trucks onto public streets essentially shifts a large portion of Energy company operation costs onto small communities. Right now, all Corinth can do is require XTO Energy to follow our ordinances just like the good neighbor we expect them to become. A good neighbor will pipe the hazardous wastes out rather than truck. We could consider this a step towards a better future and a better relationship between an Industry we depend on to insure the quality of our lives.

    As Abraham Lincoln said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” It’s time for a change in the wind and we don’t want to smell benzene in it.

    Virginia Holt

    P.S. Please read the attached letter- to-the editor of the Star Gazette by Keith Oberg of Brackney, Pa.

    Feb. 23, 2010 Pennsylvania Stargazette.com

    Much has been written, and will continue to be written, about the Marcellus shale; on one side about how much money and jobs it will bring, and on the other, about how much environmental damage may result. But this battle of words, being waged by gas development’s proponents and opponents, is mostly speculative. There is probably some truth as well as exaggeration coming from both sides, but the argument may be missing the point. Here in Susquehanna County we are beginning to experience the reality – and the reality is very disheartening.

    If you own land to which you are not particularly attached, or which represents only an investment – something to log, or quarry, or exploit in some other way – the Marcellus is just another opportunity. But if you live in the country because you love the rural aesthetic, because you seek solitude, or the joy of experiencing the natural world, you are in for a very unpleasant surprise. You are going to be living in the middle of an industrial zone.

    In Dimock over the past year, gas well pads have been installed or are being planned at a rate of one for every 80 acres or so, meaning roughly eight gas well pads per square mile. You will inevitably be within eyesight and ear shot of at least one gas well, and will have numerous well sites in and around your community. Each well pad is a prominent graveled work yard of three to five gated acres, including large pits, tanks, pipes, valves, generators and exhaust stacks. Each has a heavy-duty gravel access road, and each has a 30- to 40-foot-wide pipeline swathe going to the next well pad in a continuous network across the countryside. Your rural landscape will be transformed by bulldozers into an industrial complex. Everywhere you look you will see their handiwork.

    Once you and your neighbors sign leases, you will no longer be the masters of your lands. The gas exploration companies will take over, first with miles of wire and small dynamite charges every 100 yards to map the rock below, then with road building, pad development, pipeline clearing and drilling. Gas company employees will be polite, but firm about their rights to your land.

    While the process of development and drilling goes on, you will be subject to the noise and vibration of a major industrial operation. The coming and going of work crews and the trucking of millions of gallons of frack water, waste water and miles of piping will dominate your roadways. When they flame off the new gas wells, the light from the huge roaring torches will brighten the night sky for miles around. You will feel like you are living in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Mordor.

    Your world will not return to normal for many, many years to come. They will not simply sweep through an area and then be gone. The gas companies will cap the wells, re-open the wells, re-drill the wells in different directions, add more wells at the same site, or build new sites around you for many years and perhaps decades to come, depending on the market and their own timetable. They will be here until the gas runs out.

    Natural gas may be a great benefit to our local economy – and will make a lot of people a lot of money – but for the majority of us who revere the natural world, it represents the loss of the beauty and tranquility that brought us to the countryside in the first place. And for those who live on small rural lots or are tenants, there isn’t even any compensation for their loss.

    We can argue forever about the pros and cons, but the reality is that our lives, our communities and our natural environment will never be the same.

    Keith Oberg lives in Brackney, Pa.

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