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Re: “Fracked: the perils of shale exploration

Wow. Where to start. First off, Max, thanks for the shout out. Call a publication a "condescending coloring book" ONE TIME and well....

Wannabe, I'm very happy in my current career. Certainly not looking for a move. I'm an economic developer and there aren't many places in the country better than Conway, AR to do that.

RE: tax policy. Do honest math and you'll see that AR's severance tax rates are right in line with TX, LA and OK. TX may have a higher nominal rate, but the rate their first two years is ZERO. Then they stack plenty of exemptions. But whatever. Nobody here seems to care about facts so let me lay some speculation on you.

The severance tax proposals being tossed about claim they will raise more money. That assumes they cause no decrease in drilling activity. That's nonsense. Believe it or not, but its profit off the top, so companies will respond and go to shale plays with thicker profit margins. (Like PA, where the severance tax is ZERO POINT ZERO)

The proceeds are not planned to go for environmental regulation, they are going to roads. If they were going to roads damaged by the nat gas industry fine, but they're not. The proceeds would be spread throughout the state.

RE:energy policy. The alternative to nat gas is not wind/solar. Its coal. To say otherwise is blind ignorance or naivete. Gas burns exponentially cleaner than coal and drilling for gas is easier on the environment than coal mining. The sheer scale of a wind farm needed to replace one coal fired power plant has a HUGE environmental impact. The best existing alternative is nuclear. I'm all for it. Bring it on. But this country ain't leaving oil, coal or nat gas any time soon. And gas is the CLEAR preferred alternative.

No credible investor thinks wind or solar is feasible until gas is back to $7-$8mcf. Even then you probably would have to also see some carbon policies squeezing traditional fuels out. Move off coal now and Arkansans utility bills triple or quadruple. Take natural gas off the table and their lights go out.

RE: the environment. There are obvious questions and concerns about the scale and magnitude of the gas industry's impact on the environment. If folks are concerned, that's good. That's natural. But when folks go out of their way to ignore or misrepresent science I've got no need for them. Environmental agencies have looked at this for decades. Visit TX environmental agency website and look at how much testing they've done in and around DISH, TX. They did BLOOD TESTS on 14% of the population! Anecdotally, you hear some bad stuff. I don't discount that. It should all be looked in to. But, objectively, scientifically, this thing has been looked at forever. Don't discount that either.

RE:me. Only on the ArkTimes Blog would I pass for a right wing, slash and burn "shill." That's fine. I'm a middle of the road guy by most counts. Left of the middle by Arkansas standards. Max hates Chambers. He knows nothing about ours. That's fine too. I'm just trying to make a living making my part of Arkansas better. Don't hate.

Posted by Jamie Gates on 02/26/2011 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Report outlines drilling risks

They will leave. They will go to the Haynesville, Marcellus, Barnett or Woodford. Only 1 of which was active pre-fayetteville shale.

Chesapeake pulled out of ONE shale play in North America. SWN has already sent rigs to the Marcellus. Arkansas severance tax rates are on par with TX, LA, OK and PA when you account for the exemptions and accomodations available in other states that don't exist in Arkansas.

Arkansas is one of TWO states that has full disclosure regs for hydrofracking fluid. Us and Wyoming. There are no cases of nat gas operations causing air quality issues. This is a great example of overresponse.

Posted by Jamie Gates on 02/17/2011 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Report outlines drilling risks

The science displayed in Gasland is on par with that of Toy Story 3. If you are interested in the truth, the movie is crap.

Arkansas is determined to stay poor. This industry is going to leave.

The alternative to gas drilling is not land preserves or windmills...its coal and oil. Yay environment. Nice work.

Posted by Jamie Gates on 02/17/2011 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Suburban myths debunked

Towerdog et al,
I live in a historic home 3 blocks from work. I've got no less than 10 restaurants within walking distance of my home. My community has experienced a higher rate of JOB growth than anywhere else in the state. Well over a third of my fellow residents have a bachelors degree or higher. Our community is anything but homogenous. Look at the data. We've got first class residential and commercial development taking place and a progressive city government. 3 colleges, great schools (public and private). Life is good in Conway, Arkansas. (affordable too!)

Posted by Jamie Gates on 02/14/2011 at 9:28 AM


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