Jon Stewart Spends 22 Minutes With T. Boone Pickens, "The Wilt Chamberlain of Fracking"

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Speaking of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas ...

Mayor Tom Leppert was deeply involved in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board's decision (after much debate and delay) to spend $210 million to convert its liquefied natural gas and clean diesel bus fleet to CNG. Mayor Tom was also deeply involved in getting CNG-powered taxis front-of-the-line privileges at Love Field, much to the chagrin of Super Bowl-striking cabbies who say they can't afford the thousands necessary to make the switch.

And standing behind Mayor Tom each step of the way was T. Boone Pickens, the oil man-turned-natural gas champion and a major contributor to the mayor's campaign who, as The Wall Street Journal pointed out only yesterday, operates three natural-gas fueling stations at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, which also allows CNG cabs to hop to the front of the line. The independent taxi drivers have sued DFW, The Journal notes, claiming "the real goal [of the policy] was to benefit the natural-gas companies," chief among then Pickens' Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Then there's the whole question of drilling for natural gas within the Dallas city limits -- but, look, the Internet doesn't have the space to recap that. But on that subject, the Dallas billionaire with his Pickens Plan insists: "I've never seen anything damaged" by fracking. He said that last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I saw the seven or so minutes that aired on Comedy Central. But Stewart asked Pickens to stay for an additional five, which he'd then post to the Internet. The total interview ran 22 minutes. And every one of 'em is on the other side.

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Pttugbud
Pttugbud

Fracking is real and it is bad, it will end life in the wid west.

Clark
Clark

I remember when this MF'er was all for wind power until he realized it wasn't the cash cow he had hoped it would be. Now he's put his wind farms up for sale and concentrated on fracking us all.

claytonauger
claytonauger

James - can I ask where you live? Have you been to Bartonville, Argyle, South Denton County, Wise County, etc? These are places where people are living immediately next door to wells, condensate tanks, and compressors. These are places where people are complaining about the health effects of these facilities daily. Look at the isotopic fingerprints left by Ranger Resources in the 2 Parker County water wells that are now sources of flammable water. Drilling is putting more pollution in the air here than all of DFW cars and trucks combined. If you don't see people getting harmed, it's because you're not looking.

RC
RC

Oh come on James. No one that I hang with is against shale gas as a fuel commodity. The problem is getting it OUT of the ground is the big problem. Yes fracking has been done for over 50 years. That would be vertical fracking with water and sand... Out in the country. Now, let's move forward to the 2000's, okay?Halliburton creates horizontal fracking but now with chemicals, not just sand and water.And it's next door to your house with your spouse and kids.Throw in some lack of regulations, inspections, leaks and spills and you got yourself a nice little toxic soup factory. That T. Boone is a great guy. You should see a map of the Olagala Aquifer that he wants to take over so then he has water control.What a prankster he and Tommy boy are and fools we mortals be.

claytonauger
claytonauger

He's never seen anything damaged by fracking because drilling isn't allowed in his neighborhood. T. Boone's campaign is really about getting all of us to drive CNG-powered vehicles. Too bad electric cars will make that goal impossible.

Jamesthornton
Jamesthornton

No, and no. He's never seen anything damaged because he hasn't damaged anything as either an operator or an investor on the countless number of wells in which he's participated. It's pretty naive to think that you've had more exposure to drilling and completion than TBP. Also, electric cars use electricity; the share of electricity generation coming from natural gas--already substantial--is rising.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Come on over to Tarrant County and take a look around random well sites in neighborhoods. You'll change your tune quickly.

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