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  • Expectations for Permian Basin oil production rises

    06/10/2014 9:17:23 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 28 replies ^ | June 10, 2014 | By Matt DiLallo
    By Matt DiLallo | More Articles June 10, 2014 | Comments (0)   Source: Chesapeake Energy.  Drilling down into the Permian BasinWhile the Permian Basin is one of America's oldest and most prolific oil basins, its best days could lie ahead. According to leading Permian Basin driller Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD  ) , the Spraberry and Wolfcamp Shale formations in the Permian Basin represent the largest oil field in America, and one of the biggest in the world. As the following slide notes, the field holds an estimated 75 billion barrels of recoverable oil and gas. Source: Pioneer Natural Resources.  As that...
  • Texas responder to fertilizer blast arrested on pipe bomb charge

    05/10/2013 7:44:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 10, 2013 6:38pm EDT | Lisa Maria Garza
    (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors charged a paramedic, one of the first to respond to a deadly explosion last month in the Texas town of West, with unlawful possession of pipe bomb components, but authorities said no evidence linked the charge to the fertilizer plant disaster. Bryce Reed, 31, appeared at federal court in Waco, Texas, on Friday, where he faced one count of unlawfully possessing an unregistered destructive device. He did not enter a plea, said Daryl Fields, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in the Western District of Texas. Local police said there was no known connection between...
  • Obama to attend memorial service for victims of Texas explosion (Bush Library)

    04/22/2013 7:12:41 PM PDT · by haffast · 42 replies
    Yahoo News - The Ticket ^ | 4-22-2013 | Holly Bailey
    WACO, Texas—President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a memorial service Thursday for victims of last Wednesday’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. The service is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. CT at Baylor University in Waco. A city official in West said the president is also expected to visit the site of the blast. The Obamas were already scheduled to be in Dallas for the opening of former President George W. Bush’s presidential library Thursday morning. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday the first couple will fly to West after the...
  • Situation in West Texas

    04/22/2013 12:50:32 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    4/22/13 | Me
    Can any Texas FReepers give us an idea of what situation is in the town of West Texas. I gotten some e-mails indicating that there is little to no help for the people there. Is it true or just a fund raising gimick?
  • Obama to Attend Memorial in West, Texas [Attention Whore Needs Attention]

    04/22/2013 10:56:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/22/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama will attend a memorial in West, Texas for those killed in the explosion there last week, the press secretary announced today. Obama will be in Texas anyway for a Democratic fundraiser...
  • Obama Still Not Scheduled to Visit West, Texas

    04/22/2013 6:48:04 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 40 replies
    WH Dossier ^ | 4-22-2013 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama is still not scheduled to visit the devastated community of West, Texas, where an explosion at a fertilizer plant five days ago killed 14 – including 11 emergency responders – and wounded approximately 200 people. Up to 75 homes were damaged, as well as an apartment complex that was decimated. Obama so far has sent prayers and money to the town, but not himself. (snip) He will have ample opportunity. The president, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Texas two days this week, heading to Dallas Wednesday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and then...
  • Texas Fertilizer Plant Failed To Disclose Massive Amount Of Ammonium Nitrate

    04/21/2013 11:22:36 AM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 166 replies
    TPM ^ | 4/20/13 | IGOR BOBIC
    The West, Texas fertilizer plant where a powerful explosion killed at least 14 and injured dozens on Wednesday failed to disclose a massive ammount of ammonium nitrate ordinarily regulated by federal officials, according to Reuters. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires fertilizer plants and depots to disclose amounts of ammonium nitrate, which can be used to make a bomb, above 400 lbs. The West, Texas plant, West Fertilizer, reportedly held 270 tons of the substance, 1,350 times that limit.
  • Stelter Berates Fox for Daring to Report on Deadly Texas Blast, Not Obama's Angry Gun Remarks

    04/19/2013 9:57:37 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    Brian Stelter, media reporter for the New York Times, foisted his peculiar news judgment on Fox News, weighing President Obama's petulant remarks after the defeat of his gun control plans as more newsworthy than a fire at a Texas fertilizer plant that has killed at least 12 people and injured up to 200.
  • Wow: Runner Escapes Boston Bombs, Texas Blast

    04/19/2013 8:15:21 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/18/2013 | By John Johnson
    Not too many people can relate to this week better than Austin's Joe Berti. He raced in the Boston Marathon and figures he crossed the finish line about 30 seconds before the first bomb went off, reports AP. His wife got hit with shrapnel but escaped serious injury. The Bertis returned to Texas on Tuesday, and the next night, as he drove home from a meeting in Dallas on I-35, Joe's car got rocked by the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. He survived that, too, even pulling over to snap a photo of the plume—as debris hit...
  • Man Miraculously Survives Boston AND Texas Explosions

    04/19/2013 7:11:26 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 26 replies
    kickin country ^ | 4/19 | kickin country
    Seconds after Joe Berti, 43, crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the first bomb exploded. Joe’s wife, Amy, was near the finish line to take a photograph of her husband finishing the 26.2 mile race. He was uninjured. Shortly after, the second bomb exploded. Amy was only 10 yards away from the bomb and was also miraculously unhurt, although, the woman next to her had her leg torn off from the knee down. I had just run to the finish line and… (moments) later I heard the first explosion, and then turned around and saw the smoke,” he...
  • Texas Plant Told State it Could Not Explode

    04/18/2013 2:02:16 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 87 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/18/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – News outlets are digging into the West Fertilizer plant's regulatory filings and finding that, in light of the explosion that may have killed as many as 15 people and injured about 160, the plant might have undersold the risks a tad. While the company did tell regulators it had up to 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia on hand, it said there was "no" fire or explosive risk, Fox News reports. It said the absolute worst-case scenario would be an essentially harmless 10-minute gas leak. In other developments: Rick Perry is asking the federal government to declare an emergency...
  • UPDATE: EMS Director Says 60 To 70 Dead In West Explosion

    04/17/2013 9:26:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    kwtx ^ | 4/17/13 | staff
    WACO (April 17, 2013)--West EMS Director Dr. George Smith says as many as 60 or 70 people died and at least 100 were injured Wednesday night in a fertilizer plant explosion in West. A rescuer earlier said he knew of five deaths. West Mayor Tommy Muska said at a news conference however, that he doesn't yet know how many people were hurt or killed in the blast explosion. He said there was a fire at the West Fertilizer plant before the explosion.
  • UPDATE: Numerous Injuries Reported In West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

    04/17/2013 7:01:35 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 105 replies
    KWTX Television ^ | April 17, 2013 | none stated
    Emergency crews were responding Wednesday night after a report of a major explosion at a burning fertilizer plant in West north of Waco. West firefighters were dispatched to the plant earlier in the evening after an earlier fire rekindled. The explosion was reported at around 7:50 p.m. in a frantic radio call from the scene of the fire at West Fertilizer at 1471 Jerry Mashek Dr. just off Interstate 35. Numerous injuries were reported and multiple ambulances were requested. Several buildings were reported destroyed and a nearby nursing home was damaged.
  • Powerful Explosion Rocks Small Town North of Waco

    04/17/2013 6:51:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 377 replies
    WFAA ^ | Wednesday, April 17, 2013
    A large explosion rocked the town of West, Texas, 19 miles north of Waco, on Wednesday evening. A source tells News 8 that a large swath of the small town with a population of 2,800 has been leveled. According to initial reports, the blast was at the West Fertilizer plant at 1471 Jerry Mashek Drive, about a half-mile east of Interstate 35.
  • CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas (Warning, Unedited)

    04/17/2013 8:55:27 PM PDT · by mnehring · 184 replies
    Explosions rocked a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Wednesday evening as firefighters were battling a fire, causing multiple injuries, authorities said. Dani Moore, dispatcher with the Texas Department of Pubic Safety, said she did not know how many were injured or the extent of their injuries. "The fertilizer plant was on fire. Firefighters were on the scene. There was an explosion ... followed by a second explosion,'' she said. She said there were multiple damages to structures and vehicles. She said she had no information on the cause of the blasts or fire. reported at least 10 structures were...
  • A Waltz Across West Texas (Video)

    04/02/2013 12:23:04 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    vIMEO ^ | Wyman Meinzer and Doug Smith
    A Waltz Across West Texas   Wyman, the photographer, used to live in the old jail in Benjamin, TX.  The photo of the coiled rattlesnake appeared on the cover of a wildlife magazine in the 80's. He said, there were times he crawled a long way on his belly to get a good shot of a wild animal. The music is by Doug Smith.  Doug is from Petersburg, Texas and lives south of town.  Doug plays by ear- He cannot read music, but has many CDs. A pickup accident left Doug paralyzed and he does not play anymore.  Most...
  • Salazar: lizard might not be listed as endangered {West Texas, NM}

    05/10/2012 5:23:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 9, 2012 | Matthew Tresaugue
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday that the dunes sagebrush lizard might not be listed as endangered if enough energy companies and ranchers voluntarily agree to preserve the sand-dwelling reptile’s habitat. Salazar endorsed the conservation pacts as a way to protect the lizard while avoiding the more rigid federal endangered-species listing, which could put the brakes on oil and gas drilling in parts of West Texas and New Mexico. “We are making great progress with volunteer agreements,” he said after touring a ConocoPhillips site near Midland, in the imperiled lizard’s range. “We might be able to avoid a listing.”...
  • Where are we now?

    03/09/2012 7:51:41 PM PST · by TexasSecede79366 · 19 replies
    West Texas is booming like the "old days". You can walk in off the street and make $1100-$1200 a week throwing a chain on the floor. (That's a worms first job.) Rent for a 2 room trailer is 900 a month if you can find one. It's absolutely insane. It should not be this way. It's like a desperate man's last gasp.
  • Nina Burleigh: Anita Perry, closet liberal?

    10/03/2011 2:26:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Salon ^ | October 2, 2011 | Nina Burleigh, a writer living in Paris
    Not quite. The spouse of the stumbling front-runner embodies the decent conservatism he has left behind The monarch butterflies on their way down to Mexico drift like autumn leaves above the barren cotton fields of Haskell, Texas, like they do every fall. But the cotton gins behind the field where the Indians will play football on Friday nights are idle, the white tufts on the grass mere remnants of last year’s crop. Haskell County farmers planted last spring just like every year, but nothing green came up. No rain. Most people say it’s to do with natural weather cycles. A...
  • Governor Almost Wasn't--After years on ranch, Perry saw climate was right for politics

    08/11/2011 3:06:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 12, 2006 | CHRISTY HOPPE
    …."I was burned out," he said. "In 1977, I didn't know what I wanted to do. And actually, was a little lost - as a person, both in my temporal life and my spiritual life, a little lost." So three days before his 27th birthday, the man who had owned the skies and commanded a crew was finally heading home, where he would live with his parents, Ray and Amelia, and work on the family farm. …..They formed JR Perry Farms in early 1978. And then it stopped raining. The green stalks wilted, and the ground began to crack. The...