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Well, if I would've known that these comments were going to print, I would've been a little more clear. Some drivers just don't pay attention, regardless of speed limit or anything else. Some drivers never exceed 45 mph, which is just as dangerous or more dangerous than speeding. Some drivers weave and cross the double-yellow line with a cell phone pasted to their ear and tailgate the driver in front of them without even realizing it.
I'll say it one more time...Speeding doesn't kill; stopping does.
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The chronic speeders will now push 80 or more. Remember, speed doesn't kill...stopping does. I personally think it was a bad move, and 87 from Nursery into town definitely needs to be brought down to 55mph. 80,000 lbs. of tanker has no business driving 70 through that intersection.
For every action is an equal reaction. The oil and gas from the Eagle Ford Shale isn't free by any stretch of the imagination.
In this case, the negative impact will probably be cosmetic and nothing more. Current disposal well construction techniques are as precise and sophistocated as the hydraulic fracturing itself. Yes, spills do occur but bunkers will be in place to catch the spillage. Yes, bright lights will burn through the night, every night, and trucks will run 24/7.
One real shame is that the water used in fracking, when disposed of in this manner, is removed from the hydrologic cycle forever. Recycling techniques have recently come into play, but it's a bit expensive compared to simply disposing of it. Fountain Quail has set up shop in Kenedy to recycle frack water, but it takes fuel and labor dollars to get it there. Some drilling companies, recognizing the fact that more water is being drawn from aquifers than is being replenished, are spending the few extra dollars to recycle instead of dispose of the water.
Regarding earthquakes, apparently the possibility of an earthquake depends upon whether the injection will be on top of or close to a fault.
TCEQ and RRC will not consider cosmetic effects.
So, the winds of change are blowing again at hurricane force. At least Mrs. Parenica didn't build her dream home there before this occurrence. And, one day, some day perhaps 20 years from now, the "play" will be played out and only the scars will remain.
A+++ excellent journalism!!! Dianna, you are "the bomb"! It takes a certain talent to convert words to visual images, and you definitely have that gift!
TCEQ is pro-business, couldn't care less about the environment and should be abolished. Oh, they'll accept your letters and consider them "in a general sort of way", but don't hold your breath or expect any results.
This is a very interesting acquisition, indeed. God bless Mrs. Blackwood and her family. She is one sharp lady, never missed one day at the dealership to the best of my knowledge. The winds of change have blown again but that's the way it goes. Hang in there guys!
Excellent journalism, Dianna, once again!
Back in 1962, my little brother was born with a mental problem, later identified as bi-polar manic depressive disorder. He was self-destructive and would verbally lash out at the drop of a hat. Our Dad graduated Cadet Colonel at 20 years of age from Texas A&M and would not accept the fact that his youngest son had a problem that couldn't be corrected with the "hazing paddle" he brought home from A&M. It didn't work. In fact, it made my brother very afraid of authority and his problem got worse as he got older. Today, he is serving 50 years in TDCJ for throwing a manic fit while being arrested for public intoxication. They called it "terroristic threats".
One cannot communicate ligically with another who is not logical, regardless of age. If a child has a behavior problem, there's a reason which needs to be identified and corrected, whether it be a learned response or a genetic/mental problem. "He could act right if he tried!" doesn't cut it.
Sociologists often claim that every action is a learned response. I disagree. Skunks don't turn their tails when frightened because they learned to do so. It's a genetically engineered response. We're really not all that different.
I was at a client's house a half mile away, saw the black plume of smoke go straight up then stop, then a weird thumping noise that sounded like a boom box for a half hour or so. Thought maybe a meth lab had blown up or a tanker had flipped over. Glad nobody was hurt.
They are very comical animals. We used to have a pair out here in the sticks that would do acrobatics in the oak trees at night. Very fun to watch.