Great Britain is facing a decision whether to develop shale gas, so The Guardian, a newspaper known for its investigative journalism, sent a team to tiny Ponder, between Denton and Decatur, for a report on how natural gas production has played out in the Barnett Shale. Residents in three households in a development of recently built homes near the intersection of FM 2449 and FM 156 describe their experiences with odors, noise and disruption when Devon Energy drilled new wells in 2011 barely 300 feet from their property. One said a "gritty white powder" that settled one day took the paint off her car when she tried to wash it off. None of the homeowners, nor the developer, holds mineral rights, the story says. Devon erected sound blankets around its site, but the homeowners told the paper that it hardly helped. Devon spokesman Tim Hartley told the paper: "We are always working to find new and better ways to do what we do with the smallest possible impact that we can have on our neighbours." According to Texas Railroad Commission records, Devon has been drilling in the immediate area for more than a decade.
A 10-minute video accompanies the online version of the story. Here is a link to the story: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/14/fracking-hell-live-next-shale-gas-well-texas-us
-- Jim Fuquay