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Urban Gas Drilling Causes Backlash In Boomtown

Canada Goose online The Barnett Shale, a natural gas bearing formation underneath 21 Canada Goose sale counties in north Texas, is a wildcatter’s dream: Wherever energy companies poke a hole, there’s gas. Now they’re scrambling to drill anywhere there’s vacant land at country clubs, parking lots, city parks, school grounds and airports.

canadian goose jacket But a vocal and growing minority is not getting behind the Barnett Shale, even though Texas born actor Canada Goose Jackets Tommy Lee Jones urges them to on recent billboards and in newspaper and canada goose uk outlet television ads. Jones is a corporate spokesman for Chesapeake Energy, the nation’s largest independent producer of natural gas.

Jerry Lobdell, a neighborhood activist in Fort Worth, said he feels the energy companies played bait and switch now that pipeline companies are coming into canada goose uk shop neighborhoods with the power of eminent domain and plans to run odorless gas lines under front yards. The companies uk canada goose insist the gas canada goose store lines are perfectly safe.

canada goose coats on sale „They came in, they spoke of bonus money and royalties,“ he said. „They never said anything Canada Goose Outlet about pipelines whatsoever or any uk canada goose outlet of the other bad things that we’ve learned about.“

‚Citizens Of The Shale‘

buy canada goose jacket cheap Fort Worth is the focus of the largest urban gas drilling boom in the country. But some people are asking for a moratorium on drilling until its full impact is understood and there are stronger laws to protect the public.

canada goose „In the past, drilling was not taking place in the heart of the city,“ said glass artist Don Young, who is leading the charge to halt drilling. „Now we’re having all the problems associated with gas drilling compressor stations, pipelines, drill pads. They’re taking away our green space. They’re bringing in pollution. They’re bringing in truck traffic affecting our neighborhoods in a very negative way.“

Canada Goose Outlet In cheap Canada Goose response to talk like this, Chesapeake Energy mounted a media campaign almost as aggressive as its drilling program to highlight the company’s safety and community friendly agenda.

Canada Goose sale An infomercial called „Citizens of the canada goose coats on sale Shale“ has been airing on local television for months. It calls the drilling a „small inconvenience for a big gain“ and says trees can canada goose fur grow back.

buy canada goose jacket „There’s hundreds of thousands of dollars coming canada goose uk black friday into here. There’s jobs being created,“ the infomercial continues.

Shale TV

Chesapeake Energy’s CEO, Aubrey McClendon, is a big believer in aggressive media campaigns. He was a canada goose coats major backer of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the group that attacked canada goose Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s military record when he ran for president in 2004, and other right wing causes.

The comany’s stock market value tops $28 billion, and last year McClendon’s compensation and stock options totaled nearly $19 million.

canada goose store In the wake of Chesapeake’s infomercial comes Shale TV, a daily talk show about the Barnett Shale set to air this fall. The company has hired three award winning Dallas broadcast journalists to produce the show.

Canada Goose Parka Julie Wilson, Chesapeake vice president for corporate development, says she understands there’s skepticism about Canada Goose Online the objectivity of Shale TV, but she insists canada goose clearance it’s no different than the rest of corporate media.

„Well, I think we pay those journalists whether on Channel 8 or Channel 11 or the Star Telegram in terms of advertising support,“ Wilson says. „We canada goose black friday sale see this as pretty much instead of running the ads on the program, we’re just writing the check direct.“At a recent neighborhood meeting, contractor Dan Roberts, who said he’s in favor of drilling, said he won’t tune buy canada goose jacket cheap in to Shale TV for straight canada goose clearance sale talk on the gas boom.

„With all the lipstick you put on it, it’s still a pig,“ Roberts said. „It is still a media campaign for the company to get people to sign their leases.“

canada goose black friday sale What no one disputes is that the shale has been gushing dollars. Every piece of property Canada Goose Coats On Sale a drill bit snakes under even though it’s a mile underground gets a signing bonus and a royalty check.

Canada Goose Jackets The City of Fort Worth, which has received more than $40 million, created a committee just to figure out how to spend it all. Energy companies are shoveling goodwill money into museums and other nonprofits. A study commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce puts the total economic benefit at more than $8 billion and nearly 84,000 jobs.

Fort Worth has new buildings going up, new pickups driving off lots and big spenders bellying up to the bar.

canada goose coats „I’ve seen peoples‘ tastes are changing,“ said Marty Travis, general manager of Billy Bob’s Texas, which bills Canada Goose online itself as the world’s largest honky tonk. „People are drinking a higher quality product, whether they’re going from a Seagram’s to a Grey Goose vodka. Maybe they’re celebrating their big paychecks working out on the Barnett field.“

A High Pressure Neighbor

cheap Canada Goose But boomtown prosperity may not pacify canada goose factory sale residents‘ anxiety over living next to a gas well.

In April 2006, a gas well explosion in southern Tarrant County killed a well service contractor. Five hundred people in the City of cheap canada goose uk Forest Hill Canada Goose Parka were evacuated. An OSHA investigation determined the contractors at the XTO Energy well did not follow safe work practices.

canada goose clearance On a recent night, Chesapeake representatives met in a Unitarian church with residents of the Ryan Place neighborhood to explain their proposed drilling activities in the area.

canada goose clearance sale Chesapeake Operations Manager Dave Leopold said he believes what happened at Forest Hill got „blown out of proportion.“

„The evacuation was canadian goose jacket unwarranted,“ he said. „And I think if you spoke to the fire chief today, he’d say we probably evacuated buy canada goose jacket unnecessarily.“.

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