Peter Shelton

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Posted in Uncategorized by pshelton on February 17, 2012

The best medical and investigative minds in America have come up with four possible explanations for the sudden outbreak of Tourette’s-like symptoms among teenage girls in Le Roy, upstate New York. Two are so unlikely they can be dismissed out of hand. One other possibility is linked, in the historic record and the popular imagination, with witchcraft. And the final possibility sits right there on school grounds, where six natural gas wells are surrounded by dead trees.

Nobody wants to talk about the gas wells, though. (more…)

The Gasman Cometh

Posted in Gas Pains, Watch columns by pshelton on January 13, 2012

The meek shall inherit the earth. But not the mineral rights.

Oilman and miser J. Paul Getty said that. He was the richest man in America in 1957 but famously had a pay phone installed in his own home.

The sentiment is truer than ever. The rush to develop natural gas wells across the country has resulted in fracking-induced earthquakes in Ohio, in poisoned water wells in Wyoming and now, in the words of BLM Uncompahgre Field Manager Barb Sharrow, the “firestorm” in Paonia. (more…)

Unnatural Gas, Or The Wrong Way to Denver

Posted in Gas Pains, Watch columns by pshelton on July 7, 2011

It wouldn’t have done to close my eyes while driving I-70 through Garfield County. But I was tempted, in order to shut out the hundreds of natural gas drill rigs and compressor fans and well heads and supply dumps and road cuts and rows of fracking-fluid semis and lumbering red Halliburton trucks in the right lane. (more…)