Monday, January 24, 2011

Below the Radar

For the past several months I have intentionally tried to stay below the radar and out of the public eye. I found myself at speaking at a different meeting every night and at the brink of exhaustion, and needed to re calibrate a bit. I have found that my family, which is very tolerant of my involvement, was being ignored, so I have been spending some time with them also.

However, there has been a lot going on in DISH, and that is not being ignored. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, we had the highest readings for several chemicals ever recorded on the state's air permanent monitor. On many occasions the operators of this facility have attended public meetings, and explained how this stuff goes straight up to the moon, never crossing the fence. However, we now know that to be incorrect. The scary thing about this incident, is how high some of the volatile chemicals reached. It very well may have reached explosive levels...there is only one way to know for sure, and I hope we never find out that way. You can see these levels at:

Pay particular attention to the ethane level, which is a component of methane. We have been exploring some of our legal options on this matter. I still live in DISH although the home is still on the market.

Oddly enough, none of the industry executives have taken me up on the opportunity to live here free of charge. We have had several lookers, and frankly at the price it is a bargain; however, no offers.

We also announced the formation of ShaleTest, which is a non profit organization geared to helping lower income families, get environmental testing. This also has proved be a great deal of work to get off of the ground; however, we have done some testing, and have a big announcement concerning ShaleTest that will be coming out in the next few weeks. You may check our website at

After resisting for several years, I am now on Facebook (thanks to Tim Ruggeiro). I am still getting the hang of it, but you can contact me there if you would like.

I would like to start putting together my travel and speaking plans for the year, so if you are interested in having me speak, please let me know. The same rules still apply, I will cover may travel costs and will not accept compensation for speaking. It sounds as though the activity is going to increase in the Marcellus area, so I would like to be more active in that area. Please let me know if you think I can help. Unfortunately, I have reached the conclusion there is only so much time in the day, so there will be some things that I will be unable to accomplish, but would like to maximize my involvement. Please let me know if I may help you in any way, and look for me and Tim in the Marcellus in April.

Calvin Tillman Mayor, DISH, TX (940) 453-3640

"Those who say it can not be done, should get out of the way of those that are doing it"