M 2.9 earthquake in North Texas

by TXsharon on September 11, 2014

in earthquakes

There was a M 2.9 quake just north of Irving early this morning. There is no fracking near the epicenter but plenty just a little to the west.

Event Page

NBC5 news reports


Water well goes bad in Booger County

by TXsharon on September 9, 2014

in Booger County, Water


A landowner in Robertson County, which is also known as Booger County, woke up Sunday morning to find the water from his well cloudy. This followed an event on Saturday where one of the many nearby sour gas wells was venting very loudly.

One interesting thing is that the sediment in the water does not settle to the bottom of the jar.

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In the wee hours of Sunday morning, there was a M 2.4 earthquake in Arlington. There was also a water main break and sinkhole. You can see a video of the water main break on Facebook.

Looking on the Texas Railroad Commission GIS map, I did not find any injection disposal wells in the immediate area. Please remember that injection is injection and disposal well injection, enhanced recovery injection and fracking injection all can and have caused earthquakes. Keeping that in mind, look at the maps below that show the approximate epicenter, according to the USGS, marked in gray. Notice the intense areas of fracking just just to the south and west of the epicenter.





NBC5 News report.


Range Resources’ case against Lipsky is the “poster child for what SLAPP is.” And what did Lipsky do to deserve the wrath of Range? He called the EPA. But, he only called the EPA after the Texas Railroad Commission failed to take action for months (see timeline).

After the Texas Railroad Commission declared that Range Resources did not contaminate Steve Lipsky’s well, Range filed a ridiculous $3 million countersuit against the Lipskys and the scientist they hired to test their water.

Highest Court to Weigh in on a Dispute Over Water
By JIM MALEWITZSEPT. 4, 2014 for NY Times.

The $3 million suit accuses the three of conspiring to “defame and disparage” Range Resources and force federal regulators to intervene.

failedThen Range tried to drag me into the suit. Even after receiving my discovery that showed I had no involvement with the Lipskys prior to the EPA stepping in, they still made me go to a court hearing and sit through a really stupid, 6-hour deposition (See: Fun with depositions Part One and Part Two). They harassed me and tried to bully me hoping to shut me up. But, like their cement casings, they failed.

Now Range wants to shut up all Texans. Obviously, they have a great deal of political power and the Texas Supreme Court has a long history of ruling in favor of business. This should be interesting so I hope to go watch the arguments. Maybe I’ll get to see David again.

Read the NY Times article.


I blogged earlier about the Earth, Wind and Fire Energy Summit coming to Dallas and you can read the entire brochure at that link.

One of the featured speakers is Dr. Nicholas van der Elst who will talk about frackquakes.

A featured Sunday speaker at the Earth, Wind, & Fire Energy Summit in Dallas Oct.4-5

Dr. Nicholas van der Elst
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, New York

Nicholas van der Elst is an earthquake seismologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York, studying the mechanics of earthquakes and faulting. His research holds a special focus on earthquake interactions and triggering, like in the foreshock and aftershock sequences that may lead up to or follow a larger quake. This incudes a focus in triggered earthquakes caused by deep fluid injection and disposal wells – a hot topic of discussion today in our region.

Van der Elst was featured in Science magazine in 2013 with other colleagues whom he collaborated with on a study focusing on the relationship of deep wastewater injection and midwestern seismic activity.

Fracking and Groundwater Contamination will be addressed by Dr. Zachariah Hildenbrand, UT Arlington whose water testing results found “alarming” levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in proximity to fracked wells.

Petroleum engineer, Kathy Martin, will give information about fracking.

There is still time to get in on the Early Registration Rates and One Day Attendance Rates Now Available

Earth, Wind, Fire Energy Summit One Day Rate


Oil and gas at blowout in Tyler, Texas flows into stream

September 3, 2014

This is a huge mess. Workers are wading in almost knee deep gunk that has breached the earthen berms built in an effort to contain it. The gunk is flowing into a stream and will take about a year to clean up. Why do they let the industry frack near streams, creaks, rivers and lakes? […]

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Video: Puppets for the Planet tell story of Frack Free Denton

September 1, 2014

A not so fictional tale of fracking in the neighborhood.

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Earth, Wind and Fire Energy Summit coming to Dallas

August 29, 2014

Register now during early registration to attend this first ever, one of a kind, 2-day educational energy summit. Earth, Wind and Fire Energy Summit

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We were illegally detained by the fracking industry in Smiley

August 28, 2014

Longtime no post. Here are my excuses: busy broken computer But this post should make up for my absence. Today Alan Septoff, Earthworks Communication Director, our driver and I were illegally detained by Mr. John W. Bones, President, Black Marlin Energy Services in Smiley, TX and his wife. We were on a road marked with […]

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Proof fracking has contaminated water with diesel.

August 14, 2014

Let me remind you once again: Please see the pre fracking water test that shows Tim and Christine Ruggiero’s water was clean and safe. Please see the post fracking water test that shows Tim and Christine Ruggiero’s water was contaminated with high levels of MTBE. MTBE is an additive used in diesel fuel.  

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Flash water fire burns four people

August 6, 2014

It was a flash fire of water that came suddenly gushing from a water well and sent four people to the hospital one of whom is a 4-year-old. Flash fire burns four people; methane contamination in water source possible cause Mineral Wells Index, August 5, 2014 By TODD GLASSCOCK The fire’s cause was not known, […]

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