Friday, August 25, 2006

Water Going, Going . . .Angry Texas Cities, North Star Pointe Sales Event

Is Wise County Drying Up???

We’ve gotten used to our constantly receding Lake Bridgeport - down 16 feet and counting. Now, just try to drill a water well these days and see what might happen . . .

The talk on the Wise County Messenger forum comes from some folks in the know. And if what they are saying is true, the picture is very, very grim. Here’s the gist of some of the talk that should raise a few eyebrows.

According to the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council a oil/gas well is fracked an average of 17 times! About 1 to 6 Millions gallons of water are used to frac a well each time. Much of the water used is ground water. From June 2004 to November 2005 421 permits were issued “(not all permits resulted in a completed well)”

"Gallons of water used to frack 421 wells 17 times
1 Million 7,157,000,000
3 Million 21,471,000,000
5 Million 35,785,000,000

Gallons of water used to frack ONE well 17 times
1 Million 17,000,000
3 Million 51,000,000
5 Million 85,000,000"

Additionally, “oil and gas is exempted from ANY ground water regulations that are imposed on a private resident or other business, regarding ground water usage.”

But why should this bother us? “A very well known driller of private water wells in Wise County has recently stated that the major aquifer that supplies water to most of Wise County residents through private water wells, has dropped 100 feet in the past couple of years from where it used to be.

According to one poster on the WCM forum . . .

“Recently, a nearby resident to me, here in NE Wise County, wanted to irrigate his small hay field in order to try and get a second cutting this year. As we all know, hay is about like gold around here right now. This resident had previously applied for, and obtained, the necessary permit to use ONLY a certain volume of water out of a nearby creek/stream for this irrigation. Unfortunately though, that large "WATER PIT" at the intersection of Hwy 51 and Hwy 455 was dug by oil and gas to use as a source of drilling and fracking water. The tank trucks continually come to that huge water pit, dumping water into it, one truck after another, and sometimes two trucks at a time. In the beginning, some of those trucks were allegedly permitted to take A CERTAIN AMOUNT of water out of the same creek/stream that my friend was also permitted to irrigate from. Low and behold, those tank trucks drained that creek/stream dry of all it's water so my friend wasn't able to irrigate his hay field and therefore wasn't able to produce anymore badly needed hay!”

Note: Want to guess where those tank trucks are getting most of their water???

Source: Wise County Messenger Forum, Local News & Events

Angry Texas Cities: Traffic Congestion or Pro Corridor Spin???

Men's Health Magazine has released it's list of the 100 angriest cities in America, and at least nine are in Texas. The magazine's survey considered blood pressure, violence and traffic congestion in its anger equation.

“Our search for evidence of urban anger began with the percentage of men with high blood pressure, from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (as calculated by Sperling's BestPlaces). We then factored in FBI rates of aggravated assaults and Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers on workplace deaths from assaults and other violence. And because rage and the road often go hand in hand, we also included traffic-congestion data from the Texas Transportation Institute, as well as speeding citations per state from the Governors Highway Safety Association.”

It looks like the angriest states are: California with twelve cities listed. Texas has nine cities on the list, and Florida has five cities that made the angriest list. But then again, we must ask ourselves “Just how valid is this list?” For one thing, it was awfully nice of the Texas Transportation Institute to share its data because no other state transportation lobby is mentioned. Could it be a bid to positively spin the Trans Texas Corridor as the solution for traffic congestion???

Here’s the list:

“ (From most to least angry cities)

1. Orlando, FL
2. St. Petersburg, FL
3. Detroit, MI
4. Baltimore, MD
5. Nashville, TN
6. Wilmington, DE
7. Miami, FL
8. Memphis, TN
9. Jacksonville, FL
10. St. Louis, MO
11. Chicago, IL
12. Tampa, FL
13. Jackson, MS
14. Albuquerque, NM
15. Charlotte, NC
16. Dallas, TX
17. Houston, TX
18. Tucson, AZ
19. Indianapolis, IN
20. Wichita, KS
21. Birmingham, AL
22. Providence, RI
23. Durham , NC
24. Altanta, GA
25. Washington, DC
26. Denver, CO
27. Philadelphia, PA
28. Baton Rouge, LA
29. Fort Worth, TX
30. Phoenix, AZ
31. Lubbock, TX
32. Cleveland, OH
33. Greensboro, NC
34. Cincinnati, OH
35. Arlington, TX
36. Los Angeles, CA
37. Buffalo, NY
38. Grand Rapids, MI
39. Boston, MA
40. Columbia, SC
41. Tulsa, OK
42. Aurora, CO
43. Seattle, WA
44. Sacramento, CA
45. San Diego, CA
46. Montgomery, AL
47. Raleigh, NC
48. Yonkers, NY
49. Oakland, CA
50. Fort Wayne, IN”
51. Newark, NJ
52. Las Vegas, NV
53. Columbus, OH
54. St. Paul, MN
55. Charleston, WV
56. Kansas City, MO
57. New York, NY
58. Oklahoma, OK
59. Toledo, OH
60. San Antonio, TX
61. Riverside, CA
62. Modesto, CA
63. Louisville, KY
64. Honolulu, HI
65. Richmond, VA
66. San Francisco, CA
67. Bakersfield, CA
68. Spokane, WA
69. Milwaukee, WI
70. Jersey City, NJ
71. Lexington, KY
72. Little Rock, AR
73. Lincoln, NE
74. Billings, MT
75. San Jose, CA
76. Hartford, CT
77. Minneapolis, MN
78. Boise, ID
79. Anaheim, CA
80. Norfolk, VA
81. Austin, TX
82. Fremont, CA
83. Fresno, CA
84. Anchorage, AK
85. Cheyenne, WY
86. Rochester, NY
87. Madison, WI
88. Salt Lake City, UT
89. Omaha, NE
90. Pittsburgh, PA
91. Colorado Springs, CO
92. El Paso, TX
93. Sioux Falls, SD
94. Des Moines, IA
95. Burlington, VT
96. Portland, OR
97. Corpus Christi, TX
98. Fargo, ND
99. Bangor, ME
100. Manchester, NH

Source: http://www.menshealth.com/cda/article.do?site=MensHealth&channel=health&category=metrogrades&conitem=9ca8a9f3340dc010VgnVCM10000013281eac____

North Star Pointe Sales Event This weekend

You might have noticed all the activity and truck traffic this week. North Star Pointe announced that on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and Aug. 27, it will be holding a new inventory release sale on all of its gorgeous Lake Bridgeport home sites. They are working at a furious pace to finish up the new pool and ramp area. As a matter of fact, they’ve got the lovely new pool filled with water now and almost completely landscaped.

Please be extra cautious this weekend because we all know how horribly dangerous our narrow, twisting roads can be.

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Yes...it's nice to see progress. Now they need to finish the boat ramp for us.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:48 PM  

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