Fracking and Fabs

It’s encouraging to see so many communities standing up successfully in opposition to fracking.  From Dryden, New York to Denton, Texas, and in dozens of other towns across the country, citizens are enacting laws banning fracking.

The Denton success is particularly remarkable, given that Denton lies in the heart of natural gas country and already has 275 active wells within the city limits.  Unable to get their city council to enact a ban, citizens of Denton gathered enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot there, then prevailed with 59% of the vote, despite the industry pouring nearly $700,000 into advertising to defeat the measure.  Of course now they will have to defend the lawsuit the industry has filed, but their victory will hopefully inspire other communities to follow suit.

Our community has its own battles to fight these days and the odds seem to be greatly against us.  But seeing towns standing up to the oil and gas industry, and winning, gives hope.

On a completely different and unrelated subject, our missing cat Mr. Fabulous has returned home after being gone for nearly two weeks.  My sister and her husband are staying in our old farm house this weekend and they found him meowing outside the back door.   Skinny, very hungry, missing his collar, but otherwise no worse for the wear, he seems relieved to be home.  I wonder how many of his lives he used up during his adventure.

When we went to get him, he bolted for the woods.  But Cherie was able to coax him to her.

When we went to get him, he bolted for the woods. But Cherie was able to coax him to her.

After living in the wild for two weeks, Fabs was very happy to see his food bowl again.

After living in the wild for two weeks, Fabs was very happy to see his food bowl again.

It’s good to have him back, especially in light of the other events of the week.

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28 comments on “Fracking and Fabs

  1. Jeff says:

    You had to say goodbye to Dixie Belle on the 24th and Mr. Fabulous showed up when?

    “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” – Albert Einstein

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    • Bill says:

      It appeared we weren’t going to have a cat any more. Cherie had put away the litter box and was preparing to give away the remaining cat food. I had some hope that he might be alive, but it was unlikely. His return certainly helped take away a little of the sting of losing Dixie.

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  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, I’m so glad to hear that Mr. Fabulous came back from his Walk About. Hopefully it will satisfy that urge to roam for the rest of his life. I would say this is not the time to be out in the woods on the hunt for food. I have two feral cats that roam my big garden (Terra Nova Gardens) and I often wonder just how they survive during the Winter months. One is snow white and the other is pitch black. The white female always has kittens in the spring. Last spring I found one of the liter dead in the garden. I think she had two but I’m not sure what happened with the other one. That white cat has been around my garden since I bought it back in 2011. Apparently it’s learned how to survive in the wild. If any domesticated animal can survive in the wild, it would most certainly be a cat. It was really good to hear that some thing positive has happened after last weeks events.

    Have a great reuniting with Mr. Fabulous day.

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    • Bill says:

      Yeah I think Fabs will be a little less adventurous from here on. We’ve had some cats go feral. They just preferred life in the wild. Fabs enjoys being outside but he likes coming in and lounging around too. I knew he didn’t just suddenly go feral on us. He probably just wandered too far and couldn’t find his way home. He’s rapidly returning to his old self. Glad for the happy ending.

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  3. Joanna says:

    Nice to hear you got your cat back, hope he sticks nice and close from now on. Our errant cat also returned today, she had only been missing for a day though, but she has been known to take off for a week at a time, just never when it is this cold (10F/ -12C). We gave up worrying about her taking off when she seemed to do that on a regular basis, but this time we were worried, since it was out of character for this time of year.

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  4. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    In answer to Joanna’s query about saved seed… I recall hearing something a while back, that Monsanto had bought up the one buried deep in the Swiss(?) Alps…

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  5. Farmgirl says:

    A positive turn of events for sure! Glad the kitty returned. As for fracking, despite huge uproars and debates, there is so much money going into bogus ads here portraying good old American family farmers wanting fracking that we have lost that battle. Not to mention, our governor is loving the pay offs and fracking sites are showing up everywhere with no one able to stop them. It is not good.

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    • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

      But aren’t people concerned about their water wells?

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      • Farmgirl says:

        Of course! But folks here have no say unless they own their mineral rights and then that is very few and far between. We just keep our fingers crossed. They don’t seem to be out where we just moved to yet so that is nice.

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      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        What a messed-up situation! (The twisted “legalities” of it all, I mean):

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    • Bill says:

      My wife grew up in the West and has told me how land owners don’t usually own the mineral rights. That’s not the case here. Fracking has created bizarre boom economies in places like North Dakota and now is spreading to towns, cities, national parks, etc. It’s almost incredible how rapidly it has taken hold and is spreading. Sure hoping it doesn’t end up affecting your place.

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  6. It is encouraging to hear there are some communities successfully standing up to big business – I hope your community rises to the occasion against the factory farmed chicken biz moving in.
    And that is the best news about Mr Fabulous!! I’m thrilled he made his way back home and is doing ok. I agree with the others that he probably won’t be wandering off again anytime soon.

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    • Bill says:

      He’s a strong-willed cat who likes being outside, but he’s been staying pretty close by the last couple of days. 🙂

      I find the community resistance to fracking inspiring. Our community stood up successfully (so far) to uranium mining. But there the agricultural community was part of the resistance. I’m worried that we may not be able to build as strong a coalition to resist the chicken factory. We’ll see…

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  7. Can’t believe people still want to do fracking! It is going to destroy our earth and its inhabitants at a rapid rate. So pleased to hear your dear Mr Fabulous is back home. I would be in a state if any one of mine went AWOL for more than a day!
    Have a wonderful day Bill.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    • Bill says:

      Fracking is growing like crazy. There’s a lot of money being made and it has caused natural gas prices to plummet. The most effective resistance as been community-based as opposed to efforts to stop fracking generally. I don’t think there’s much hope of that.

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      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        I honestly don’t think most people are aware of the threat to their potable water wells; ‘specially with water /drought becoming such a hot button issue.

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  8. EllaDee says:

    Opposition to fracking in Australia is huge and the companies employ tactics accordingly but there have been quite a few wins for the good guys.
    The safe return of Mr Fabulous is wonderful news 🙂

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  9. Laura says:

    So glad you got your kitty back. I worry every night when mine are out hunting.

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    • Bill says:

      Yeah, this one had us concerned. He’s a hunter too and I suspect he wandered a little too far off in search of prey. I suspect he learned a good lesson.

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  10. avwalters says:

    So glad to hear the Mr. Fabulous is home. We once had a polydactal cat who’d disappear for a week, each spring and fall. It turned out that in the Spring, when people came out to enjoy the season–he’d explore and get trapped in their garages or sheds. Same in the fall–as folks were closing up. After several repeats, we learned to relax–because he’d always turn up the next weekend.

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    • Bill says:

      We don’t know what accounts for Fabs’ disappearance. My guess is that he just roamed too far from home and couldn’t find his way back. I was hopeful that he was mooching off someone else, but he returned too hungry for that to have been the case. He is a confident cat.

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