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60 Minutes in the Barnett Shale

November 11, 2010


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  1. harleymorgan permalink
    November 11, 2010 5:53 pm

    The irony here is that the professional enviros who castigate atomic energy (which could replace much of our dependence on fossil fuels) have entered into an unholy alliance with the gas industry:

    They know that their windmill/solar fantasies can only be realized with huge backups from gas-fired generation, which demonstrably kills hundreds of persons every year, and devastates the environment in areas where hydrofracking is prevalent:

    • bruce ritchie permalink
      November 12, 2010 10:29 am

      There ain’t no energy that we can waste without consequences. Even solar panels must leave their mark on the planet. When we are done with all the stupid ideas on how to drive too fast, wear short sleeves in the winter, heat our mansion full of walmart crap, and drive 30 miles for a pizza, then we are gonna find ourselves outta gas when we need to go the the hospital. Good thing we have some money left, ’cause we’re gonna hafta buy some clean air/water from another planet.

  2. Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe permalink
    November 11, 2010 8:35 pm

    Thank you for the nod, but please also give credit to Brandon Evans with the Wise County Messenger. My first, brief report on the Ruggiero family came in October 2009 after I met Tim at a public meeting in Dish, but it was Brandon who was the first to report the family’s full story back in November and December 2009.

  3. November 12, 2010 5:18 pm

    I was curious as to why Jack Smith of the FTW Star Telegram reached out to Gene Powell, of all people for comment about the upcoming 60 Minutes show. Mr. Powell clearly has been unable to see the dark and growing dangers to this industry, especially where those jackasses from Aruba Petroleum have anythign to do with it. So I looked at Gene’s ‘newsletter’ (sorry, Gene not subscribing) and this is what he had to say- I had to re-read it several times to make sure I was reading it correctly: “We hope many of the positive interviews they had in the Barnett Shale area are shown, especially regarding our clean air and water, while developing this great American resource. We would hope not too many of the anti-drilling radicals made the ‘cutting floor’ – those that just do not like anyone’s oil & gas development. Thank God, they are few and far between.”

    God only knows where Gene gets his information from regarding ‘Our Clean Air”, but he’s right about one thing- My ‘radical’ wife and I did not get cut from the story.

    Larry Poston, president of Aruba Petroleum, cut himself from the story by refusing comment and interview.

    • November 15, 2010 4:54 pm

      Mr. Ruggiero,

      I’m a 56 yr. old tax paying, law abiding Pennsylvanian. I’m also anti fracking & I attend town hall meetings, Gasland screenings, write to my elected representatives, etc.

      Because of this, I was monitored, along with many others, by our state’s Dept. of Homeland Security this summer & fall. We were labeled ‘extremists’.

      I watched 60 Minutes last night, to see what was happening in Texas. You & your wife have educated yourselves on fracking and, sadly, have to live with this drilling’s effect on your lives. Of course you’re being labeled ‘radicals’.

      This PA extremist salutes you TX radicals.

  4. November 15, 2010 7:03 pm

    Jack Smith must actually take things to heart; I was surprised by his lastest blog posting that while the 60 Minutes story wasn’t a game changer, he did actually mention Christine and I by name and included a bit about our land being destroyed when ‘a gas company’ came in. What’s curious as to his shyness about mentioning the operator, Aruba Petroleum. Aruba should have no issues with anyone using their name, especially in print-they maintain they’ve done nothing wrong, working within the law, and have stated openly in the Denton Record Chroncile that they “Believe our emissions are at a level protective of human health.” I’m grateful to CBS for the national exposure, even if it was just a few seconds to theis great and growing issue where we call HOME.

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