Wednesday, May 25, 2011

When a Tornado Hits a Drilling Site

Cactus Rig 117 Canadian County, Oklahoma. 
Tornado Aftermath. Picture courtesy Derrick Brown.

Link to Story*
May 24, 2011

Injuries reported when storm hits Oklahoma oil rig
Associated Press

EL RENO — An El Reno official says 20 workers at an oil and gas rig were hurt when a possible tornado moved through the area.

Community Services Director Terry Floyd also said Tuesday that the storm did extensive damage to the rig, as well as a Devon Energy production plant and a metal business.

Floyd said he didn't know the extent of the workers' injuries at the rig owned by Cactus Drilling. Emergency workers also contained a gas leak caused by damage to the plant, and damage was reported to Calumet Industries, a metal business.

Floyd also says officials closed Highway 66 between El Reno and Calumet until emergency personnel could evaluate conditions. Interstate 40 was closed but was reopened.

The medical examiner's office has confirmed four fatalities in Canadian County.

* Thanks to Arlington resident, Kim Feil, for sharing this story with us.

North Texas Storms & Gas Leak, May 24, 2011

9:43p The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WARNING for Dallas, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall, Rains and Van Zandt counties until 10:30 p.m. Doppler radar is detecting a developing tornado in southern Dallas County near Duncanville. The storm is moving to the east at 40 mph and is capable of producing hail larger than baseballs. You need to take cover immediately if you live in Balch Springs, Seagoville, Combine and Crandall. We also have a gas leak at Rufe Snow Drive and Loop 820 in North Richland Hills, where there appears to be wind damage and a power outage. (Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fair Share for Clean Air

If we can't have this, can we can at least join all the other communities in North Texas that have gotten on board with the Fair Share for Clean Air Campaign?

Communities and Counties Now on Board (in order of participation):

Dallas County
Flower Mound

Communities planning to join the campaign shortly:

Grand Prairie (hopefully)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Don't Forget!! VOTE Today!

Still time to vote. Polls close at 7:00 PM. Most Westchester Neighbors vote at Garner Elementary School on Polo Road. There is a school board race between Steve Pryor and Tim Johnson. A City Council race in District 3 (not our district) between Bill Nash and Bill Thorn. And a school bond election as well.

If you don't know where to vote go to the Dallas County Elections Web site. Fill in your Precinct # or various other items to find your place to vote today. It will also let you know if you are in the system and accurately registered to vote in Grand Prairie, TX.

Click Here to Find Your Voting Place. Now, go forth and vote.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Monday, May 02, 2011

FRACking to Commence Tomorrow W/O Rule 37 Ruling

So, it really was just a Dog and Pony Show? Wow.  This must be one of the purest examples of that ever seen in Texas History.

Chesapeake appears to be all primed and ready to go forward with the FRAC Job on Barnes Assembly A Well 3H ~ even though a DECISION HAS NOT BEEN MADE by the Railroad Commission on the Rule 37 Waiver Hearing conducted on February 1, 2011 in Austin!  Members of the Trailwood community all made it to Austin on that terrible day of ice and snow and did an incredible job of representing themselves and speaking up for their right to NOT SIGN a mineral lease with Chesapeake.

In case you haven't seen or read the Transcript, click here to see it.  Westchester-Grand Prairie Community Alliance members paid the rather pricey fee to obtain the transcript. 

We continue to be bewildered by our Texas Railroad Commission, our City of Grand Prairie AND, of course, as always, Chesapeake.

Pray for us.  Thank you.