Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the once again cold, cloudy and calm island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Wednesday morning, the twenty-sixth day of February, 2014, and as you can peruse from the image above (seacapecod.net’s backyard)–All’s quiet on the western front…
However, that sentiment is not echoing in the great state of Texas right about now, ‘ain’t that right ExxonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson? This courageous man resides in Bartonville, Texas and is angry about a 140 foot water tower that has been put up near his horse ranch and very expensive home. You see, the process of ‘fracking’, or hydraulic fracturing of shale rock far below the earth’s surface, breaking up that rock to release ‘natural gas’, turns out to be a very dirty, loud and dangerous business. Unfortunately for anyone living in or around these soon to be millions of wells all over the country, it is exactly that water they are most worried about. 596 deadly chemicals go into the fracking process of shooting high pressurized water, laced with said chemicals, deep into the rock and according to ‘ole ‘TREX’, can I call you that sir?, “…there has not been a documented case of substantial, or even, I would argue, even insignificant contamination of fresh water as a result of hydraulic fracturing…so I think the fears have been misplaced, ah, er, some has been through a lot of less than perfect information that has been provided…”. RIGHT. Tell that to the people of Rifle, Colorado or Dish, Texas a$$hole! While you and your buddies get richer than God off of people’s lives, the world is watching and reporting your blind hypocrisy and brutal methods of bullying good American people into living with your deadly secret cocktail of chemicals, methane (100 times more potent than carbon dioxide) leaks and noise pollution that comes in the way of a 24/7 operation of well sites– including trucks, bright lights and deafening sounds disrupting and making dangerous everyday life for the people who have leased that land (or live near the drilled public lands in, for example, Wyoming where Dick Cheney began in 2005 with the “Halliburton Loophole” that takes out the Clean Water Act of 1973 altogether, taking care of Wyoming’s beauty by putting up wells right next to Yellowstone National Park for instance, where these bastards can now drill on public land, free to pollute public water and air en masse) to say the country’s largest natural gas producer and biggest oil company in the world, ExxonMobil.
That noise and ‘eye sore’ of a water tower–not a well site mind you, so near to the blessed residence of the ‘dear leader and CEO’ in Bartonville–has brought forth cries from sea to shining sea of blatant hypocrisy, while ‘the man’ fracks the $hit out of an area of the country the size of California and Florida combined, with an projected 2 million more wells poised to be raised in the coming decade, sooner if ‘ole TREX gets his way, “…but not in my backyard dag nabbit!”. Chris Hayes, host of “All IN”, a great truth source and super news show, weeknights at eight p.m., eastern, only on MSNBC (not a paid Ad!), had as his guest, Josh Fox, creator of the extraordinary and brilliant documentary film, “Gasland” and “Gasland II”, who said, “…either Rex has joined the anti-fracking movement or he has completely exposed all the hypocrisy, the brutality and unfairness in this entire system.” The TREX language in the lawsuit speaks of ‘property values’, trucks, noises, and the possibility that ooooops, your water has been poisoned for generations, or perhaps forever, sorry…, regional air pollution, chemicals volatilizing in the air…oh my God, sixty years of FRACKING? We are going to cook the planet, as Washington D.C. is not helping, allowing 400,000 dollars a day in lobbying for the oil and gas industry in the fracking segment alone! Yes sir, ‘ole TREX and his high priced lawyers only CEO’s of giant monster’s like ExxonMobil can afford, yes, those lawyers ‘be lookin’ at the value of his property, stating, “…it’s unique and irreplaceable.” Apparently Bartonville is the only place those traits are true. The law suit went on to say, “…it’s (fracking) detrimental to public health, safety, morals and general welfare.” Hmmmm. Words also used, “negligence, gross negligence and malice.”
Chris Hayes then asks Josh Fox,”How does ExxonMobil respond to similar law suits?” Josh, “Complete denial, they have spent millions of dollars to discredit the reporting. My film “Gasland” for example reports that 15 million people live within one mile of a fracking well, and this campaign is in it’s infancy.” Nice.
Representative Jared Polis of Colorado (his district represents small towns like Lafayette, with 25,000 people and Broomfield with 45,000 who have taken matters into their own hands, passing moratoriums stopping fracking for a few years, only to be sued by the mega billion dollar corporation, TREX’s ExxonMobil. So the very people that don’t want it in their neck of the woods are effectively making others frack against their will–striking) believes this is a form of corporate bullying and why not? It is par for the course in a bought and sold congress and indeed country, with the Nation Magazine reporting on the 21st, “…with little or no fanfare, one of Chevron’s top lobbyists, Stephen Sayle, has become a senior staff member on the House Committee on Science, the standing congressional committee charged with ‘maintaining our scientific and technical leadership in the world”, FREE to lead others into destroying the earth’s water sources one fracking well at a time. PROFIT over people once again, the new normal economic platform of the ‘not your grand daddy’s GOP’ who have sold their constituents down a dark and dirty river that they themselves created, placed American people up that river without a fracking paddle!
As Jim Hightower, former Texas Agricultural Commissioner stated on Chris’s show yesterday, “…These guys are making so much money they could air-condition hell. I tell you what, they better be setting aside some money for that project I think…” You may be right my man, you may be right. Have a great day folks and rest of the week. Don’t take any wooden nickles from FOX “NEWS” though, side effects still include, nausea, blurred vision, stiffness of the joints, paranoia and delusions of grandeur. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M