Katie Howley: Web Resources

1. Barnett Shale Energy Education Council

a. A great website for basic information about the Barnett Shale and all of the components involved in fracking.

b. There is in-depth information on safety, leasing, natural gas vehicles, pipelines, legislation, air and water quality and other topics that all have outside links and news articles for further information.

c. The website is organized, easy to use and provides lots of graphics.

d. This is an energy website it promotes fracking but it is still useful for basic information about the shale and what is involved.

e. Link: http://www.bseec.org/

2. Railroad Commission of Texas Barnett Shale Information

a. This source has balanced information about the effects of drilling in the Barnett Shale. There is a wide variety of topics covered in detail including but not limited to:

i. Information, maps and pricing of licenses and permits in the shale.

ii. data from drilling, production, wells, natural gas services, open records and many other useful information from the years of drilling.

iii. a detailed FAQ page about who has been affected by fracking in the Barnett Shale.

b. This website has so much information that it may be overwhelming but the information is organized very well. There are not many graphics because the site mainly deals with data and analysis of the data.

c. Visitors also have access to useful links for more information.

d. Link: http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/oil-gas/major-oil-gas-formations/barnett-shale-information/

3. Oilshalegas.com/barnettshale

a. This website is not as organized but provides valuable economic information about the companies involved in the Barnett Shale.

b. Each energy company is evaluated on their production, success rate, royalties, profit and other important economic statistics.

c. There is no bias; it is based upon facts.

d. There are not that many graphics but the links give more information about each energy company.

e. Link: http://oilshalegas.com/barnettshale.html

4. The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

a. This website provides information on the entire economics of the Fort Worth area. The site offers public information about how citizens’ quality of life, education, transportation, workforce, employment, wages have fluctuated over the years.

b. The site is organized but provides other information that is not related to fracking which makes the site not as easy to use. However, there are plenty of graphics.

c. Since facts and statistics are mostly presented there is not much of a bias. But since the chamber of commerce is there to promote business, bias may occur in some of the information.

d. Link: http://www.fortworthchamber.com/

5. Southwest Fort Worth Alliance (SFWA)

a. A grassroots organization that works to protect the rights, quality or life and negotiates mineral rights and royalty offers to ensure it is fair for the citizens in the Barnett Shale area.

b. This group consists of twenty-eight neighborhoods who belong and are protected under the alliance.

c. The SFWA has attorneys that represent and fight for the rights of the citizens in the areas under the alliance. They have had many successful cases.

d. This is biased against fracking but provides great anecdotes and stories about citizens affected by fracking.

e. The website is simple and straightforward. There are many links but not many graphics.

f. Link: http://www.sfwalliance.org/

6. Star-Telegram Blog

a. This blog has the most information out of any of the sources listed. Users can find information about almost any aspect of fracking in the Barnett Shale. The immense amount of information provides a balanced viewpoint.

b. It is sponsored by the Star-Telegram newspaper of Fort-Worth, Texas.

c. Depending on the story there can be many graphics and outside links. The site is easy to use because of the organized index of topics on the side of the page.

d. Link: http://startelegram.typepad.com/barnett_shale/

For More Information

http://cubstexas.org/donate.html

http://info.drillinginfo.com/urb/barnett/

http://www.texassharon.com/

http://www.nctcog.org/trans/air/barnettshale.asp

http://citizensshaleadvisors.com/about_us.php

http://geology.com/research/barnett-shale-gas.shtml