Looking for another reason to never move to Bethany? Today’s your lucky day.
Over the past few months, the sleepy, white, conservative, Nazarene / Baptist community in the northwest metro that continues to elect Sally Kern to office has been embroiled in a heated controversy over plans to build a crematorium next to one of the city’s few remaining upscale neighborhoods, Brownsville.
Well, at least I think Brownsville is still upscale. If you’re a loyal reader to this blog, you may be aware that I spent my torturous middle school and high school years right outside of Bethany near NW 16th and Council Road. Back then, Brownsville was the fancy neighborhood where all the “rich” popular kids who got new cars for their birthday lived. Flash forward 20-years, any my parents – two lifelong state employees – now call the neighborhood their home. Something tells me the rich kids don’t live there anymore.
Anyway, the new crematorium has some people in the area, especially my dad, really fired up. I guess this is because not everyone wants to live next to a business that burns human flesh.
Via News 9:
We’re in the final days of February sweeps and the local news channels are making one final push to win the ratings book. This was pretty obvious on Sunday night, as Channel 5 went to the lowest common denominator and used the Oscars broadcast to promote an exposé on the metro’s only “all-nude” strip club.
Yep, the metro has an all-nude strip club and Channel 5 decided to devote a sweeps story to it. Isn’t that kind of desperate and sad? We know they’re usually the third or fourth place in the ratings, but that doesn’t mean they should act like it. Not only are there better, more important stories to cover, but look at how uncomfortable it made Paul Folger and Jessica Schambach feel:
I consulted our guide to the Many Faces of Paul Folger, and this appears to be a Paul Folger’s new “Think About Baseball” face.
Here’s the story about the club via KOCO:
Ah, Edmond. I thought I wouldn’t write about you for a while but you keep bringing me back in.
Edmond can be a very nice looking place at times, even though it’s totally lacking in sidewalks and the Christmas decorations they’ve been digging out each year since my childhood are better suited to Duran Duran record covers. The city most definitely takes pride in its appearance, what with all the very specific ordinances that regulate sign height and such. And let’s not forget those lovely statues all through downtown–the kids playing, the old man reading outside the library, the weird collie dog-esque sort of creature on Boulevard. Edmond sure is nice.
But every once in a while, a townsperson wants to show a little personality on their property. And not everyone is totally cool with that. According to KOCO.com:
Last week, the USGS confirmed what logical, reasonable people who don’t have an agenda to protect the energy industry have suspected for a few years: fluid injection wells are the cause of our state’s earthquake outbreak.
Via a USGS press release:
A paper published today in Science provides a case for increasing transparency and data collection to enable strategies for mitigating the effects of human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas production in the United States. The paper is the result of a series of workshops led by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the University of Colorado, Oklahoma Geological Survey and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, suggests that it is possible to reduce the hazard of induced seismicity through management of injection activities.
Large areas of the United States that used to experience few or no earthquakes have, in recent years, experienced a remarkable increase in earthquake activity that has caused considerable public concern as well as damage to structures. This rise in seismic activity, especially in the central United States, is not the result of natural processes.
Instead, the increased seismicity is due to fluid injection associated with new technologies that enable the extraction of oil and gas from previously unproductive reservoirs. These modern extraction techniques result in large quantities of wastewater produced along with the oil and gas. The disposal of this wastewater by deep injection occasionally results in earthquakes that are large enough to be felt, and sometimes damaging. Deep injection of wastewater is the primary cause of the dramatic rise in detected earthquakes and the corresponding increase in seismic hazard in the central U.S.
“The science of induced earthquakes is ready for application, and a main goal of our study was to motivate more cooperation among the stakeholders — including the energy resources industry, government agencies, the earth science community, and the public at large — for the common purpose of reducing the consequences of earthquakes induced by fluid injection,” said coauthor Dr. William Ellsworth, a USGS geophysicist.
Wow, that’s shocking. The USGS reported that fluid injection is behind the Oklahoma earthquake epidemic. That goes directly against the denial, doubt-casting, “We don’t really know what’s causing the earthquakes!” message the industry has taken for the past few years. For example, remember last summer when the Vice President of Geology for Continental gave a non-peer reviewed speech about the outbreak?
Via News 9:
At a luncheon for the Oklahoma City Geological Society, Continental Resources presented what it calls independent stats that show this sting of earthquakes is not from the oil industry.
“There’s a hysteria that needs to be brought back to reality that these are light and will not cause any harm,” Vice President of Geology for Continental Resources Glen Brown said.
Brown says any earthquakes below 4.0 are insignificant.
He made several points:
– There’s a remote chance fracking creates seismic activity.
– A majority of wells are not located near recorded earthquakes.
– There is a nearly 10,000 ft. difference between depths of earthquakes and depths of wells.
– Seismic activity in Mexico.
So who are you going to believe? The U.S. Geological Survey and a diverse mix of university scientists, or an oil executive for a NYSE company that’s lead the current fracking boom? I didn’t take any AP history classes in high school, but you have to go with the oil executive, right? Unlike shady scientists, they always have the public’s best interests in mind.
In all seriousness, with the USGS report now being made public the energy industry obviously has to change their tone. They can’t continue to play dumb and cast doubt on the cause of earthquakes when facing so much evidence. That only works for global warming.
Here’s what Kim Hatfield, with the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, said when KFOR interviewed him about the USGS findings….
If you live in the year 2019 and are reading this post because you just googled some girl named “Amber Ellis” that you met a bar in Tulsa, put away your phone and run… run real fast.
In February 2015, Amber was arrested for attempting to bite off her boyfriend’s penis and then smacking him in the head with a laptop. She did this because her boyfriend said she was “needy.” I guess she showed him.
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