Trinity Broadcasting Network Property in Colleyville is Getting Fracked, By God, Pesky Southlake Neighbors Be Damned

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The denizens of tony Southlake successfully defeated the fracking juggernaut, turning industry leaders like Chesapeake back at the city limit sign. Or maybe it was the low natural gas prices that did it. Tough to say, really.

But what can they do when a derrick goes up a stone's throw across those same city limits ... in Colleyville? And on property owned by none other than Trinity Broadcasting Network, home to Pat Robertson and Jan Crouch's eyelashes? Not much, it turns out, because Titan Operating began fracking the site yesterday, near the intersection of Pleasant Run and John McCain. It'll be the first hydraulically fractured well so far in Colleyville, and it's within earshot of the densely developed Southlake line.

"[My wife] said she couldn't believe how loud it was when she was walking our dogs," said Kevin Townson of Southlake, who lives in the upscale Timarron development, roughly 2,000 feet from the site. "I have a 12-year-old girl. I have concerns about safety. I don't know a lot about benzene. There's so much information flying around this whole process."

Townson says he became a fixture before the Colleyville City Council, giving voice to his fears as a nearby homeowner. But, he notes, he hails from Southlake. He doesn't vote in Colleyville. "It's like, wait, I'm a business owner in Colleyville. I'm a property owner in Colleyville. They basically told me, 'You don't matter because you live in Southlake.'"

So he reached out to TBN, hoping to appeal to their Christian sense of neighborliness. Too many question marks remain, he thought. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' own peer-reviewed journal said the potential health effects needed to be studied. Surely the folks at TBN, of all people, would understand.

"Unfortunately it was all about the money," Townson said. "Titan offered them a lot of money, and they took it. They're based out of California. What do they care?"

Unfair Park reached out to TBN, who referred all questions to legal counsel. "Titan has definitely demonstrated a safety record to us that everything is above board and meets all state and federal regulations," said TBN spokesman John Casoria, who is apparently Jan's nephew. "We believe they'll do that in an environmentally effective and sound way, where there will be no significant risk of any problems."

The Colleyville City Council was informed just a few weeks ago that Titan would not be in compliance with municipal regs. Little more than a week later, Titan told city staff that they'd begin fracking Tuesday. Townson doesn't buy it.

"I don't think Titan's complying with the ordinances," he said. "I think the city has been very lackadaisical about that whole thing.

"I can't believe they're putting an industrial site right in the middle of a residential area."

A spokesperson for the city of Colleyville said Titan had obtained waivers allowing them to proceed despite the fact that a few residents lived within 1,000 feet of the site. It turned out they wouldn't flare gas at the site, use city water or operate outside of daytime hours. "They started fracking yesterday and were compliant throughout," spokesperson Mona Gandy told us this morning. "We had an inspector out measuring noise levels and emissions. We'll be doing the same thing again today."

Townson isn't satisfied and, just like his fellow Southlake residents when drillers were poised to sink wells in the unblemished hide of a suburb named by Forbes as one of the wealthiest in America, he's taking matters into his own hands. "The noise and trucks are a nuisance, but no one knows what the long-term effects of this are going to be," he said. "We're going to hire an independent lab and have some canisters purchased and do air quality testing on people's property who've joined with us."

And that's about all he can do. After all, this isn't Southlake.

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Happy 2B Here
Happy 2B Here

If you are cooking or heating your house with natural gas, don't complain.  If you don't use electricity and prefer to sleep in unheated quarters, if you live in a sleeping bag, go ahead, complain. 

It's So Sad
It's So Sad

THIS IS AWESOME!

Southlake didn't want any noisy, smelly gas wells in their pristine city. Let all that industrial stuff go in someone else's back yard.

GUESS WHAT? IT'S NOW IN YOUR BACK YARD!!!! YOU DON'T OWN THE WHOLE WORLD!

Couldn't happen to a more deserving group of folks.

It's just a bonus that a Christian group is making money on it. Pisses of all the libtards!!!

Is this a great country or what?

Notah8r
Notah8r

Now thats intelligent. Just because you cannot afford to live in a nice area you hate the peeps that do? Get a real job and then see where u want to live with your children. This is a simple problem with a simple answer, gas drilling in urban areas, no matter what town is a very bad idea.

nimbusthegreat
nimbusthegreat

fracking christians.

KIMFEIL
KIMFEIL

I call them the "small c christians". They know who their idol are $$$

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm only against it because it could help fund more of the 700 Club infomercials.

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Dance with the gas companies and this is what you get. Maybe it's time to move Southlake under a bigger bubble.

Lonestranger
Lonestranger

Now Southlake will know what it is like to live in a poor industrialize area with plenty of polluters a hand. LOL!

scottindallas
scottindallas

words above TBN suggestion box, "go bitch to God"

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Southlake? I thought they were in Irving?

anon
anon

They own some ranch property in Colleyville where they and TV guests stay when they are in town.

Nawar A
Nawar A

The solution for fracking pollution is waterless fracking; Gasfrac has done over a 1000 fracks with gelled propane; you don't need any water; you don't produce any waste fluids (no need for injection wells); no need to flare (no CO2 emissions); truck traffic is cut to a trickle from 900+ trips per well for water fracking to 30 with propane fracs; and on top of that the process increases oil and gas production; it is a win for the industry, a win for the community and a win for the environment.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Why not use the propane in place of the natural gas you're trying to frack it out with.  Propane does not need cryogenic storage, natural gas does.  Propane can be stored safely in outdoor, above ground tanks, natural gas has to be stored in salt caves.  In case of a line break, propane can be controlled with a simple kill switch, nat gas needs to be dug up, pipe clamped, cut and patched.  Other than that propane has all the fuel advantages natural gas has, and it already has a distribution infrastructure in place in most of the country.  Also, since you're not fracking with it, you don't have the added industrial cost of gelling it, you have 0 truck traffic to and from well sites, and propane is one industry that self-regulates to the point of absurdity, because of the dedicated anti-propane campaign in force by state run natural gas monopolies.

scottindallas
scottindallas

propane burns much hotter too.  Though I'm for diversity in energy sources.  I'm still waiting to see what the what on fracking.  It seems different soils may affect the results.  Either way, the water that is used is substantial, and if below the aquifer, presumably (hopefully considering to toxic cocktail) that water is lost forever.  

Now, all our fresh water is recycled in a pretty efficient loop.  What happens when we "sink" this much water outside of the cycle? 

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

I can just imagine the Sunday morning before they signed the gas lease with Titan....

Jan and Paul got up to the big stage and told those good parishioners that God had led them to Titan and that God had ordained that the church would get a big fat check from Titan via God.The orchestra played "Nearer my God to Thee" louder and louder and the everyone yelled..."show me the money, God!"

Then he cried, Jan cried, the members cried, and Titan executives sat there on the front row smiling from ear to ear. Onward Christian Frackers!

JohnC
JohnC

 Actually... That is what happen.  What you left out is when Paul and Jan got paid. They felt it was such a blessing, that they stood before their employes (employees that were denied raises and/or cost of living increases), and bragged to them, that they just got a check for a million dollars.

thefncrow
thefncrow

I don't know if I'm more disturbed by the fracking, or by the fact that Colleyville actually has a road named John McCain Road.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

It startled the hell out of me the first and only time I drove past it.

KIMFEIL
KIMFEIL

Wait til ya smell it.

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

Thanks to those good Christians who sold out...Here's hoping Jan can do some of her good work by laying some of her highly polished healing hands on those who come up with AML Leukemia in a few years.

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