Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pennsylvania Speaking Tour

Be sure not to miss me on the next trip to the Marcellus Shale later this week.

I will be speaking at the following venues later this week:

April 29, Thursday 7:30 pm
Clarks Summit Fire Hall
321 Bedford Street,
Clarks Summit, PA 18411

April 30th, Friday 7:30 pm
Genetti Hotel Grand Ballroom
200 W. 4th St. Williamsport, PA 17701

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

DISH, TX Air Monitor Now Online

The continuous air monitor is now up and running in DISH. It is now available 24 hours a days seven days a week. I am thrilled of this development, and this is a real victory for the citizens of this community. You may see the data at the link below.

http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/compliance/monops/agc_daily_summary.pl

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Back in the Marcellus

As I start my second tour of the Marcellus Shale, there has been a great deal of conversation surrounding my first trip to the area. During this trip I spoke at 12 events to around 2, 000 people. I felt that it was a great success and, and helped the citizens of this area learn about what they are about to experience when the natural gas boom begins. I noticed at several events that there were those in attendance who were not interested in what I had to say. They were present only to find an angle to dispute what I was saying. Their minds were already made up and did not wish to be confused with the facts.

Some have blamed the problems that we have faced in DISH on me personally. And though I do bear some responsibility, most of the gas exploration activities took place prior to the town being formed, and certainly prior to me becoming mayor. Also, we must not forget that with the compressor sites the local municipalities have very little control over their actions. But that perspective really misses the point. The point is that we were only told of the good things of the natural gas boom, not the negative side effects. I was hopeful to let the folks of the Marcellus know that there was more to this that what the landman and PR department tell you about.
We have obstacles in DISH, but frankly we are much better off than many communities in the Barnett Shale, because I have fought for the rights of my citizens. There are many communities that have bad air and water; we are the only ones that know it and are doing something about it. We are united as a community and are making the most of a bad situation. In the end, I may be forced to move my family out of this area, but I am making every decision as though we will live here forever.

My competence to speak on the matter has also been brought up as well. The main basis for this was that I had not taken to the time to read the 800 page document drafted by the State of New York’s environmental authorities. Frankly, I find it very unlikely that anyone has read the 800 page document. Some may have skimmed through it, but I am doubtful that anyone has read it. Certainly, if they are not interest in what has happened under similar circumstances in other areas, they are not interested in reading 800 pages of regulations.

There have also been those who have claimed to actually visit the town of DISH. They are claiming that DISH is some sort of paradise here in the lonestar state. I am actually proud that they would say this about my community. I have spent most of free time for the last five years trying to save DISH. I have gotten all five companies that have compressors, to install noise abatement, paint the facilities with neutral colors and install vegetation. This facility looks nicer than those that are installed in other areas of the Barnett Shale. However, even with these precautions, I am doubtful anyone would truly consider this a paradise, or want it in their backyard. Again, we are making the best of a bad situation.

Although, the facility does have vast improvements over other facilities, the things you can’t see, hear or smell are the major problems. Our air quality has been destroyed, and it is now confirmed that we are being exposed to the toxins in our air, and it is present in our water. If the unsightliness of the site were all we had to worry about, we may be able to live with it. However, if you cannot breathe the air, or drink the water, you pretty much live in a wasteland.

What this argument really comes down to is money. If money were not involved, everyone in the Marcellus would be saying…slow down. It is those dollar signs that have people’s minds made up, and refusing to be confused with the facts. They are taking the words of someone who gets paid to sell them on this idea, over a logical point of view that simply says…“take your time and do it right”. I have never said don’t do it, only don’t do it unless you do it right. This industry make enough money to do this right, however, as long there are those who will accept the status quo, they will not change. If those who criticize me would in turn support my views, they may actually get reasonable drilling someday. However, if they continue down the path that they are going, they will be saying that crazy mayor from Texas was right. God bless.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

For Immediate Release: DISH TX Mayor Calvin Tillman returning to the Marcellus Shale.

For Immediate Release: DISH TX Mayor Calvin Tillman returning to the Marcellus Shale.

DISH, TX -- On April 14, 2010 the the Mayor of the tiny town of DISH, TX will return to the Marcellus Shale region to inform citiens of negative side effects of natural gas operations, as well as suggesting steps to make the process be accomplished responsibly and respectfully.

DISH is located in the epicenter of the Barnett Shale gas play and is home to a megacomplex of compressor stations, as well as pipelines, metering stations, gathering lines and gas wells. The town of DISH spent nearly 15% of its annual budget on a comprehensive air study after months of complaints to the state regulatory agencies and the operators of the compressor sites, gave the citizens no relief.

DISH Mayor Calvin Tillman, says that the people of the Marcellus Shale are hungry for information regarding shale gas drilling. "They are looking to get their information from someone besides the landman or the drilling companies' Public Relations Department". In a previous trip to the Marcellus Region, Mayor Tillman spoke to thousands about his experience with this industry in DISH, and his message of responsible drilling was well received.

The following public speaking engagements have been confirmed for Mayor Tillman:

April 15, 2010 2.00 p.m. in room 201CS on the second floor of the Cooper Union’s new building at 41 Cooper Square, Manhattan NY.

April 16, 2010 7:00 PM Philadelphia, PA, Temple University 1947 N 12th St.

April 17, 2010 7:00 PM Pleasant Union Church 259 Pleasant Union Church Road, Clearville, PA 15535.

April 18, 2010 4:00 PM , Midway Community Center, 304 Noblestown Road, Midway, PA 15060

April 19, 2010 2:00 PM in Pappert Hall in the Bayer Learning Center, at Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15282.

For More InformationContacts

*Calvin Tillman, Mayor, DISH, TX
(940) 453-3640, tillman4council@aol.com.

* Town of DISH 5413
Tim Donald Road
DISH, Texas 76247Links

* DISH, Texas Municipal Ambient Air Quality Study can be found online here: www.townofdish.com

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hydro-Fracking for Natural Gas

Hydro-Fracking for Natural Gas:How this “clean” fuel technology threatens our water, our health, our landscapes and our energy futureA Public Program & SymposiumAs the battle surrounding natural gas extraction in upstate New York is intensifying, more and more people, not only in New York but across the United States, realize that they too are stakeholders in the debate that may become the defining energy and environmental issue of our time.

Dr. Theo Colborn, President, The Endocrine Disruption ExchangeDr. Michel Boufadel, Chair, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple UniversityAlbert Appleton, former Commissioner, the New York City Department of Environmental ProtectionMain Event - Symposium6.30 p.m. April 15, 2010The Great Hall7 East 7th StreetFree and Open to the

PublicFilm ScreeningSplit Estate (2009)Presented by Director Debra Anderson7.30 p.m.

April 14, 2010Anthology Film Archives32 2nd Avenue (at 2nd St)Free and Open to the PublicExperts' Roundtable Discussion (see flyer attached)2.00 p.m.

April 15, 2010The Great Hall7 East 7th StreetFree and Open to the Public

Monday, April 5, 2010

Marcellus Shale Public Speaking Tour

Please see the following schedule for my return trip to the Marcellus Shale, hopefully we will meet up on the road.

April 15, 2010 2.00 p.m. in room 201CS on the second floor of the Cooper Union’s new building at 41 Cooper Square, Manhattan NY.

April 16, 2010 7:00 PM Philadelphia, PA, Temple University 1947 N 12th St.


April 17, 2010 7:00 PM Pleasant Union Church 259 Pleasant Union Church Road Clearville, PA 15535.

April 18, 2010 4:00 PM , Midway Community Center, 304 Noblestown Road, Midway, PA 15060

April 19, 2010 2:00 PM in Pappert Hall in the Bayer Learning Center, atDuquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15282.