Oil Soaked Tuesday


When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor’s office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie.

About 40 miles down the road, between Poth and Falls City, drilling rigs, crude oil storage tanks and flares trailing black smoke appear amid the mesquite, live oak and pecan trees. Depending on the speed and direction of the wind, a yellow-brown haze might stretch across the horizon, filling the car with pungent odors. Sometimes Buehring’s eyes burn, her chest tightens and pain stabs at her temples. On those days, she touches her inhaler for reassurance.

In another five miles Buehring, 58, passes into Karnes County, where she was born and once figured on living out her retirement, surrounded by a calm broken only by an occasional thunderstorm.

Today, however, the ranch-style house she shares with her 66-year-old husband, Shelby, is at the epicenter of one of the nation’s biggest and least-publicized oil and gas booms. With more than 50 wells drilled within 2.5 miles of their home, the days when the Buehrings could sit on the deck that Shelby built and lull away an afternoon are long gone. The fumes won’t let them.

Known as the Eagle Ford Shale play, this 400-mile-long, 50-mile-wide bacchanal of oil and gas extraction stretches from Leon County, Texas, in the northeast to the Mexico border in the southwest.

Since 2008, more than 7,000 oil and gas wells have been sunk into the brittle, sedimentary rock. Another 5,500 have been approved by state regulators, making the Eagle Ford one of the most active drilling sites in America.



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19 Responses to Oil Soaked Tuesday

  1. micki says:

    If my calendar reminder is correct…HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR B! Hope you’ve planned something fun and crazy. Better yet…don’t plan anything and just see what flows. Enjoy your day.


  2. Den says:

    Everything about fossil fuels stinks, they stink out of the ground, during refining and during expulsion from the tailpipes of diesels. There is no way to make fossil fuels not stink.
    That stink is a reminder to humanity to leave the black gack in the ground where it belongs and develop (engineer) alternatives.
    A discussion on Democracy Now toward the end of the program related to the opposition to ME war being suppressed on the MSM and how public opposition got Phil Donahue kicked off the TeeVee. 2/3 of the country has no problem with the stupid illegal wars being waged by Obama and his henchmen. History will not be kind to these times, corruption, greed, lies, murder are not positive attributes despite the current denial by the American people.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    A police car with a fender ding. First time I’ve seen that.


  4. Den says:

    Have a great B-Day Doc, I wrote the date down this time, I will include a few cheers to your longevity with my daily beers!


  5. º¿carol says:

    “… those sites have the state’s permission to release 189 tons of volatile organic compounds, a class of toxic chemicals that includes benzene and formaldehyde, into the air each year. That’s about 12 percent more than Valero’s Houston Oil Refinery disgorged in 2012.”

    I just can’t wrap my head around that kind of thing. The absolute complete opposite of the right thing to do. The rich will win and bump off the people of this earth. While they will also poison a lot of the earth, it will recover. Not so sure we will.


  6. º¿carol says:

    Definitely winter here, nothing more to say. Except we didn’t get dumped on yet. Only a dusting of the white stuff for us.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Found my red scarf in the (wrong part of) the clothes closet just now. On the beer run earlier I stopped by the cleaners where the records showed I had picked it up last April.


  8. Den says:

    UFO, Brisbane AU:


  9. Den says:

    Previous post put strange band across page so I kicked it to the curb.
    Now for those sheep…


  10. David B. Benson says:

    Recital over. Rodney time.


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