Archive for December, 2012

This video makes a great point.  If more industries (other than oil and gas) were exempt from restrictive, burdensome, bureaucratic regulations like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, then America could really prosper!  Watch this video and find out how:

 

 

Sign the petition to regulate oil and gas in Lubbock

 

Dear Senator,
The gas goons continue their conquering of Gardendale, one threat at a time. If you do what they say, of course they do not threaten.  If you question anything they do, you get statements like, “If you don’t cooperate, you will get one up next to your house [drilling rig]. Or,  “If I really wanted to be an a**hole, I could really do some things to mess with you.”   The latest is, “If I wanted to be an S.O.B., I could really do some things to you.”   This last one happened on 12-6-12.  How would you like to live every day and night wondering what the landman was planning next?

The way I see it, the landmen are the goons that have no conscience that are told what to do by the mob bosses [oil company].  Don’t tell me to call the RRC, the TCEQ, or the sheriff.  As I have said before, they are either helpless to do anything or have been brainwashed to really believe that oil and gas has unlimited powers. Their actions are then sanctioned by our government so everybody can have jobs and money at the surface owner’s expense.

Senator, it has become very clear that you wish to do nothing about these injustices. Do you realize the consequences of your inaction? We are now taking these grievances to the federal level in hopes that someone will help us. If they do not, this country is hopeless. If we cannot be secure in our own homes, we cannot be secure anywhere.

Note: brackets added by editor for clarity

This was sent to the Odessa American. Read and decide for yourself. Did you take an oath to support, uphold and defend the constitution? If so, what will you do?

The oath still holds. On April 24, 1973 in El Paso, Texas, a slender young man raised his right hand and swore an oath. The place was the Armed Forces induction station. The oath; “I, Dan Boggs, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…so help me God.” At the time the words were incidental.  Two years in Navy engineering schools were not simply spent learning, they were spent supporting and defending.  Four years on the USS Enterprise were not spent simply tending that great ship’s atomic heart, they were spent supporting and defending. A stint in the Reserves was not spent simply drilling, it was spent supporting and defending. Six years as a civilian engineer for the Navy Department  were not simply spent overhauling naval nuclear power plants, they were spent supporting and defending. Over the decades I have come to understand the depth of those sacred words. While some believe the oath is no longer binding its grip on my soul has strengthened. It has known no endpoint and I will take it bound up in my heart to the grave. My father, uncles, brothers and son have taken that oath. I cannot disavow it. I thought my service to the oath ended years ago. I was wrong. At the age of 57 I am surprised to hear the oath calling me back to duty.

I live in Gardendale where a friend and resident is having rights, given by God and recognized by the constitution, threatened. He erected with other members of the Gardendale Accountability Project a memorial on his own land. An out of state oil company, apparently not liking the message, has started construction of a fence to obscure its view from Highway 158. The first reason they gave was ‘security’ for a nearby tank battery. The tank battery has had a fence around it for the last two years. Now they claim visitors to the memorial are leaving too much trash in front of their tank battery.  I believe their fence is a clear violation of my friend’s first amendment rights. Many may think this battle silly. However, if the constitution does not work in Gardendale, Texas for expression that may be unpopular and embarrassing to a multi-billion dollar oil company it does not work anywhere. If they can do this to an American citizen and Texan they can do it to anyone. It is true that this is ‘oil country’ but more importantly it is the United States of America. I must support my friend and his fight for what the constitution guaranteed him so long ago.You see, I took an oath. To see this story go to www.gardap.org

Dan Boggs

President,  Gardendale Accountability Project

Today, December 6th, 2012, is an infamous day for Berry Petroleum as they move to block the Gardendale “Berry Scar” Memorial.  Today, Berry Petroleum has acknowledged that they are above the Constitution of the United States of America!  No longer does the freedom of speech and expression apply to ordinary citizens, no, Berry Petroleum regulates what is seen and what is heard.   Today, Texas oil and gas law has surpassed the U.S. Constitution as the arbiter of your rights and privileges.  If this is not the case, we expect, nay, we demand that Rep. Tryon Lewis, Rep. Mike Conaway, Sen. Kel Seliger, and Gov. Rick Perry immediately and permanent revoke Berry Petroleum’s right to do business in the Great State of Texas!

BerryScar barrier

Gardendale under assault!

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

As I write this there is a gas pipeline fire after an explosion down the road a few miles from Gardendale near a small community. Our prayer is that no one was hurt. Last night in Gardendale there was a 10 barrel oil spill from a well. Some reports have oil shooting 75 feet into the air. This morning (the second time in a week) we had noxious fumes drift over our home. It was reported to the health dept. and the TCEQ. I suspect both releases were from the same well. Recently we have had a gas flare FALL OVER and threaten homes. Another gas flare fire shot flaming liquid high into the air and sent black smoke belching into the sky.  How long will our representatives ignore the health and safety hazards they allow in our communities? I suppose when one of us is seriously injured or killed Berry Petroleum will realize that their activity is simply too dangerous to be in our community! They will probably point to the temporary nature of what is happening (should be over in 5 years or so) and tout, once again, their shiny new collection facility that they spent 10 million dollars on. Also how they bought H2S monitors for the GVFD. Hooray for them. I know their PR people watch this web site. I ask them to think of what they are doing to us next Sunday when they are in church thanking the Lord for their ‘good’ job. Their ‘good’ job is assisting in the wholesale destruction of our community and the ruining of our homes. The next time I am vomiting from another of Berry’s gaseous releases near my home I will think of how I should be grateful that the KGB shills in San Antonio are working. (Yes, KGB Texas is the name of the PR company) Do you think their executives live in an environmental disaster like the one they are creating in Gardendale? I doubt it.  I am sick of hearing the Railroad Commission and TCEQ are doing an adequate job protecting the public health. They are pathetically inadequate and intentionally underfunded and underpowered. Impotent by design. People of Gardendale how long will you stoically accept the injustice being shoved down your throat? At GARDAP  we intend to fight. We may lose but we won’t give up. Gardendale residents, are you mice or are you men?

Dan Boggs, President, Gardendale Accountability Project