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Claims against fracking are off base


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San Antonio Express-News

“The oil and gas industry has been the subject of fear-based attacks from left-wing activist groups in recent years é .”

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This was in an opinion piece by David Blackmon. Blackmon writes about issues affecting the oil and gas industry.

While he agrees with some of the negatives such as much of the fracking in Eagle Ford is in water-poor areas and that the region has used about 19 billion gallons of water for fracking, there are things that the detractors never mention.

A recent report shows that Houston alone wastes 22 billion gallons of water in a calendar year due to leaks in its city water system, and that Texans use 18 times more water for their lawns than is used by the oil and gas industry for fracking.

Blackmon says that if people are concerned about their water supply, their focus is in the wrong place.

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“Despite the fact that 73% of Americans support raising the minimum wage, Republicans at the federal and state level continue to oppose this effort that could give families across the country the opportunity to climb into the middle class. é”

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Of course, this “fact” means that if you ask people if they want to be paid more, they will say, “Yes!” Just last week, I heard someone complain that “we don’t have jobs that are giving us the pay that we need to live.” This was, of course, in support of a minimum wage increase.

There’s no way to know just how much this person thinks they “need” in order to live, but people don’t starve in this country because they can get aid from many sources. The idea that everyone should be paid enough to support their lifestyle, regardless of what their job entails, is ludicrous.

If you want a better life, get a better job, work harder, and save your pennies. As Dave Ramsey says, “Live like no one else, so that you can live like no one else!” Changing behavior will go farther than changing the minimum wage.

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“8th Court Hearing for DC Man Arrested for Having Shotgun Shell in Home

“Mark Witaschek enjoys hunting, but since he lives in Washington DC which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, he keeps his guns at his sister’s house in Virginia. On one of his hunting trips, his shotgun had a misfire, é . He kept the misfired shotgun shell as a souvenir. é”

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Witaschek is now living a nightmare after his ex-wife accused him of threatening her with a gun. According to reports, armed police ransacked his home, causing several thousand dollars worth of damage.

He was arrested for having an unregistered shotgun shell, as the law in D.C. now requires ammunition to be registered. The only “evidence” they could find was the shotgun shell that had misfired. It didn’t matter that the shotgun shell can’t be fired.

He is still fighting the case in court.

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