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Texas Gas Delivers the Goods as New York Plays the Fool

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Jerry Russell
Binghamton Area Landowner

 

Texas gas is achieving wonders for the energy needs of the state’s citizens, while New York State plays the fool for its politically correct elites.

The Texas gas industry is eye-opening. I recently returned from a month long trip working in the state. My work was not energy related. However, because I spent the majority of my time driving around in rural and suburban areas I had a good chance to look at the energy infrastructure. It didn’t take long for me to see how completely out-of-step my own state, New York, is when it comes to energy.

There are a whole lot of gas wells around Texas. My experience with seeing gas wells in my prosperous neighboring state of Pennsylvania made them easy to spot. They are everywhere. They’re in the back yards of expensive homes. They’re in fields next to schools, shopping centers and churches. They’re out in the country on open grazing land.

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Google Earth Street View of Gas Well Between Walgreens and AutoZone stores in Denton, Texas

I also noticed no one else seems to notices these Texas gas wells. Some are in neighborhoods with trailer parks and some are in neighborhoods with million dollar homes. The only difference I noticed was the trailer park had a chain link fence around it. The higher priced neighborhood had a wooden stockade fence around the chain link.

The high school in one community and the new YMCA had a gas well between them. It wasn’t that easy to spot. Most wells consist of just the well head and a couple of liquid tanks in a 100’ x 100’ fenced enclosure. When I pointed them out, most people I spoke with didn’t know what they were.

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Birdseye View of Same Denton Gas Well

I worked southwest of Fort Worth. The area has two nuclear power plants and they were building a new natural gas turbine power plant. This was big news for the area because the gas turbine engines that will power the plant are air cooled. (Think airplane jet engine.) They will not require water from the river to produce electric power. This is big news in an area with limited water resources and several years of drought.

I must also say the sun is brutal down there. One day was cloudy until noon. The other 29 days I spent there were bright and blisteringly hot from 8am to 8pm. Noticeably absent were solar panels. I think I saw solar photovoltaic panels on less than half a dozen buildings. With miles and miles of open land with only scrub brush growing, there were no major solar installations to see.

The land is fairly flat and windswept and many windmills were hard at work pumping water for grazing cattle. Once again, though, I didn’t see any power generating windmills, although Texas is the national leader in that industry. I did see a small hydro electric plant on the Brazos River. The Brazos is about the size of the Chenango River in Binghamton.

The City of Granbury where I worked is roughly about the size of Binghamton. Both are situated over natural gas fields with tremendous energy potential. One is in the Sunbelt on the windy plains. The other is in the cloudy hilly northeast. Guess which state says it wants to live off solar and wind energy?

According to the U.S. Energy information Administration, the average residential cost of electricity in New York for May, 2016 was 17.73 cents per kilowatt hour. The cost in Texas for the same period was 11.11 cents per kilowatt hour. Who do you think is taking the best advantage of their energy resources?

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6 thoughts on “Texas Gas Delivers the Goods as New York Plays the Fool

  1. profound stupidity and lack of common sense are the norm from “leaders” these days.

    the SW and south, whose energy requirements are all electric since they don’t need heat, largely ignore solar and wind. i can say from experience that development and traffic is rampant on FL gulf coast. covering parking lots there with solar panels would both extract energy from already ruined land and shade cars from the baking sun. plus there’s alot of wind and turbines would scarcely impact the already compromised “scenery”.

    but our idiot pols up here who worship only political correctness believe NY is now a wind/solar Mecca, when we primarily need to not freeze to death. it really could not be more backwards.

  2. Well I’m for offshore wind as promising. Not against nuclear and I think landowners who seemed to want natural gas development in ny state, a state that has increased the amount of natural gas is uses while the fracking debate raged, have good reason to be angry.

  3. Keith Yates, your brilliance stymies me. I live the southwest, and I have a heater in my house. I use gas. This summer it was 118 degrees in the shade. In December 2015 and January 2016 my barn froze the water almost every night. Please tell me why I don’t need a heater to heat my home? I have elec to power my utilities, I also have solar panels on my home and the barn.

    I believe in conservation, mostly because I get tired of pulling money out of my wallet to make an already fat man fatter. Energy dependence only benefits the corporations who collect the bills. Sure, they provide the power, but if you have your own power source you are not affected when the power goes out to your neighbors because your cheap ass utility provider won’t bury his power lines and the pole breaks. The sooner people realize this and put in their own gas wells, solar panels or wind energy generators, the better off we as an independent people will be.

    What you know from experience in FL, do not assume the same is true as you travel further west, and it most definitely does not apply ANYWHERE in AZ!!

  4. James- if you’re going to be sarcastic you should probably back it up with a convincing argument.

    northerners have been migrating en masse to the south and SW because it’s called the SUN BELT. it’s warmer down there and you don’t freeze your a**es off for 6 months a year. sure- if you live up in the AZ or NM mtns it’s colder but don’t try to tell me Phoenix and Tuscon need a lot of heat… same for FL around the Gulf to TX.

    so you’ve got solar panels. good for you. you’re agreeing with me.

    furthermore, private individuals can’t drill their own gas wells, or install wind turbines of any significant power output- which are very site specific anyway.

    clearly, you’ve got an attitude about “The Man”, which you’re entitled to, but it’s utterly impractical or impossible for the vast majority of urbanites to go off the grid.

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