Archive for October, 2012

GARDAP could change everything…

Posted: October 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

HEADLINE: “Gardendale Man Takes On Berry Petroleum, Could Change Drilling Rules In Texas” 


The landowners of Gardendale are expected to sacrifice our homes for Berry Petroleum profits, but Berry Petroleum is not willing to sacrifice a small amount of their profits to spare our homes.

With a $1.85 billion market cap, alternatives to 20 acre spaced wells exist for Berry (Pad drilling for example), but they want all of Gardendale for free. Why doesn’t Berry Petroleum drill 20 acre wells on the land that they have already purchased in Gardendale as an example of what they intend to do? Answer: residents would be outraged at the intrusiveness!

GARDAP does intend to change everything…to help protect the elderly, and the helpless from corporations like Berry Petroleum.



See CBS7 news coverage, click on pic

Berry Petroleum has hired Union Drilling (UDI) to drill 100 feet from homes in Gardendale, TX.  The diesel exhaust is affecting residents as far as a half mile away.  Diesel exhaust contains Polycylic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) when metabolized by the human body can create carcinogenic metabolites that damage DNA leading to possible lung cancer.

According to the NIH: “Heavy exposure to PAHs entails a substantial risk of lung, skin, and bladder cancer, which is not likely to be due to other carcinogenic exposures present in the same industries. The lung seems to be the major target organ of PAH carcinogenicity and increased risk is present in most of the industries and occupations listed above. An increased risk of skin cancer follows high dermal exposure. An increase in bladder cancer risk is found mainly in industries with high exposure to PAHs from coal tars and pitches.”

Question: if a Berry employee came onto your property and struck you with a baseball bat, that would be assault and battery under the law.  What’s the difference in a bat and toxic gases? Answer: THERE’S NO DIFFERENCE

PBPA Challenge

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

The following letter was sent to Ben Shepperd, President of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association. It is time for the good players in the oil business to step up to the plate!

Proposal to the Permian Basin Petroleum Association.

We propose, and volunteer to serve on, a Citizens and Production Advisory Board. This committee will propose improvements in the process of developing minerals in inh

abited areas to producers in Texas such as:
1. Minimum setback distances between oil producing equipment and homes, water wells and businesses.
2. A standard standard for using true closed loop systems.
3. A standard for using vapor recovery systems.
4. A landowners bill of rights.

Mr. Shepperd, will you commit to working with us to put together an advisory committee to help your producers to successfully drill in inhabited areas without radical disruption of the folks that live there?

Dan Boggs
Gardendale Accountability Project

FIRE STORM in Gardendale!

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

On October 2nd, 2012 on Berry Oil lease “Gardendale No10”, a flare used for burning off gases into the atmosphere erupted in flames.  Smoke and fire shot hundreds of feet into the air almost an hour before Berry Oil employees could shut off the flow of fuel.  Apparently, no one was injured in the blaze, but it’s notable that Berry Oil plans to drill over 300 wells within the 12 square miles of Gardendale, TX, population 2,200. Berry plans some wells as near as 130 feet from homes and families.

Oil industry insiders have described Berry Oil as merely a “bad player”.   GARDAP would agree with that assessment.  You see, we judge Berry, not by what their hired, apologist PR firm, KGB Texas, says about Berry, but rather, what Berry actually does to our community. There is a gathering storm in Gardendale, and the central question still remains: who will be the next Berry Oil casualty?

Got to item 3 in Oct. 11. 2012 council video (citizen comments). Slide to time 30:00. See Gardap’s presentation. Note: Armando Gonzales, resident of Lubbock, begins the presentation.





From the Odessa American, August 2012, referencing Rep. Tryon Lewis’ view on the issue of fracking,  “Lewis said that the legislature will look carefully at the use of fresh water aquifers and water laws to make sure those aquifers are maintained and not dried out from fracking and other industrial uses.”

How much water will it take? What will future generations have to do for a drink of water?  “Sorry kids, we used all your water for making money, ooops!”

Union Drilling, UDI, at the behest of Berry Petroleum has moved ever-closer to homes in Gardendale TX.  So close, in fact, just driving on the public road puts one almost on location!



See the pictures below for yourself…it’s not just, it’s just wrong!

Union Drilling rig, UDI, in the middle of homes in Gardendale, TX (five homes pictured within 500ft of the drilling)