At long last here is approximately 46 minutes worth of video I taped from the FIRST half of the meeting held on January 3, 2014 at the Azle, Texas High School Auditorium where about 800 people showed up from our community scaring the crap out of the Texas Railroad Commission who, when they saw us coming en masse, decided the meeting should not be in a question-and-answer format, but should instead be to hear citizen concerns…Ahem…
And, for the follow up meeting this past Mondy, January 13th with the people who were able to keep fracking OUT of Dallas, there appears to be opposition from the City of Azle because the Mayor of Azle called the first meeting with the Railroad Commission, but when we called the City of Azle to find out where the Azle Community Center was for the meeting on how to get fracking out of Azle, the woman who answered the main phone line to The City of Azle said the city was not affiliated with that meeting and she claimed to NOT KNOW where the Azle Community Center was located… for cryin’ out loud!! Furthermore, no information was provided about the meeting on their website, so I was surprised to still see about 400 people there at the meeting in spite of that AND in spite of Monday Night Football!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Way to go, people!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
I do have about 40 minutes of the second half of the meeting also on video, but it has been a pretty big technical nightmare just to bring you this much, however, I will keep trying to get that one out too because it is just as important to hear as this one. Our citizens were very articulate, and clearly have been doing their homework on what is going on in Azle, Texas and surrounding areas that is making news worldwide, and I am SO PROUD OF WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE TOGETHER!!!
Fracking is happening worldwide and is a fekking menace to people who need to drink water and prefer NOT to be poisoned, so that covers just about all of us, I’d say. Please get educated and involved wherever you are in the world. The answer from the people WORLDWIDE on this issue, and ones like it, must be a resounding NO, WE WILL NOT ALLOW IT ANY LONGER, PERIOD!!!!
The citizens of Azle, Texas and surrounding areas are taking a trip to the state capitol in Austin, Texas this coming Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in case anyone else who is concerned about this issue would like to come in support with us, or who would like to come to speak with us. I will put out details on my Facebook page about the trip as soon as I know what they are (facebook.com/tifvision).
If you’ve not seen the documentary Gasland and its sequel, Gasland 2, they are a must see, especially where we get to see that people are able to set their water on fire once these frackin’ companies come through wreaking havoc on the environment and poisoning the water. Here is a link to Gasland on Youtube (About 1 hr 40 mins) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96AEzQYangE
Also, here is a 12 minute Youtube clip from a Democracy Now news story where the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker of Gasland, Josh Fox, was handcuffed and arrested for trying to film a Congressional hearing…
“… on the controversial natural gas drilling technique… which the Environmental Protection Agency recently reported caused water contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. Fox directed the award-winning film, “Gasland,” which documents the impact of fracking to communities across the United States, and is now working on a sequel. Fox says he was arrested after Republicans refused to allow him to film because he did not have the proper credentials. “We wanted to report on what happened [at the hearing]. I was not interested in disrupting. It was not a protest action,” says Fox. “I was simply trying to do my job as a journalist and go in there and show to the American people what was transpiring in that hearing, so that down the line — as we know there will be a lot of challenges mounted to that [Pavillion, Wyoming] EPA report, and frankly to the people in Pavillion who have been sticking up for themselves and demanding an investigation into the groundwater contamination — to make sure that people could view that in a larger forum than usually happens.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnDs1wozj4g
And, finally, below is part one of our Azle, TX Townhall Meeting Showdown with the Texas Railroad Comission. The video quality is NOT great, but what is said is really the important part. I have a better quality one that’s not as annoying and as soon as WordPress Tech Support can help me out, the sooner I can upload it for y’all!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Come on WordPress…you can do it!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Also, be sure to keep your eyes out for the other two file updates I have coming on the 2nd half of our first Townhall meeting in video form, and the audio of our second meeting on Jan. 13th with the opposition to fracking that was able to keep fracking out of Dallas. I will get those uploaded as soon as possible and will post updates for them on my Facebook page on details about the trip to Austin this coming Tuesday. Some of the groups represented at our January 13th meeting that helped keep fracking out of Dallas were: FracDallas (fracdallas.org) headed by Mark McCord, Downwinders At Risk headed by Jim Schermbeck, Sharon Wilson with Earthworks, and representing The Sierra Club were Molly Rooke, and Rita Beving. Sorry if I missed anyone… I’m new at this!!! Thank you guys so much for all your time, energy, help, and encouragement!!! And, thanks so much to Erica Altes Cole for all the information she provided as well!!! Y’all are awesome!!!
My Facebook page is: facebook.com/tifvision
Big, Big Love from Tejas (Texas)…Love y’all!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
UPDATE: BREAKER 1-9, THIS HERE’S RUBBER DUCK…MERCY SAKES ALIVE, LOOKS LIKE WE’VE GOT US A CONVOY…AS WE CREATE OUR OWN CITIZEN INDUCED EARTHQUAKE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS THIS TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 TO DEAL WITH THOSE MOTHER FRACKERS!!!!! DETAILS ARE AT THE FOLLOWING URL… IF YOU DON’T WANNA GO ON THE BUS, MEET US THERE AND FOLLOW US IN A COOOOOOONNNNNNVVVVVVOOOOOYYYYY 🙂 🙂 🙂 YEEEEEHAW!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I love this song!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
(3.5 MIN CONVOY SONG http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GEtvKigMtg)
Part 1 Video of First Azle Town Hall Meeting with the Tx RRC (46 mins)
Part 2 Video of First Azle Town Hall Meeting with the Tx RRC (46 mins.)
Second Meeting on Fracking With Groups that kept Fracking Out of Dallas– Audio MP3 recording (1hr 5mins)
January 21, 2014 Bus Trip to Austin for Azle and surounding area citizens to speak to the Texas Railroad Commission Parts 1 and 2
Part 1 (48 mins)
Part 2 (45 mins)
3 responses to “VIDEO OF AZLE, TX FIRST TOWNHALL MEETING SHOWDOWN WITH THE FRACKIN’-FRIENDLY TX RAILROAD COMMISSION”
What a great summary of the recent events. You tell it like it is with a great sense of humor. Thanks for being involved.
Well, thanks so much, Sharon, what a beautiful complement!!! I love it!!! 🙂
Are y’all running into media who write “around” things so that it’s framed in a certain way because of who writes their paychecks by any chance? 🙂 🙂 🙂 Money is not involved in my blog, so I can speak my personal truth, and be who I am. I do love that, and am soooo thankful for that because I know their are so many writers kowtowing to the corporate owned cabal talking head media trying to earn a living stuck between a rock and a hard place being told what they can and can’t say here in the land of freedom, and all over the world at this time. Hopefully, blogs like mine will start to change that!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 I hope, I hope, I hope!!! Thanks again! Tif:0)