April 23, 2015

Here's how fracking is keeping one West Texas ranch in the family

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Fracking the Permian Basin shale is transforming ranchers in the West Texas area.

I was invited onto the Williamson ranch where Katie Bess and her husband Franklin have leased their property and mineral rights on the land that has been in Katie Bess' family for five generations.

The fracking will let them keep their land and continue to ranch for generations to come.

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commented 2015-04-24 12:23:01 -0400
Nice, normal, every-day people showcased. Love it.

Thank you Ezra.
commented 2015-04-24 02:04:10 -0400
Ezra, just great to see you back out there doing ‘what you do so well’. Some big hearted Texans doing the right thing for their family ‘and’ their country. The technology has been scientifically proven to be safe, standing up to all environmental challenges. The big challenge here, as ‘always’ is to get the leftists to see past their indoctrinated dogma.
Well done. A great interview.
commented 2015-04-23 22:53:21 -0400
Well done Ezra, and you look just fine in your new Texas getup.
commented 2015-04-23 21:32:49 -0400
A wonderful interview to be sure, Ezra. I just wish someday you could have a similar interview with some level-headed farmers in New Brunswick. The current government in New Brunswick will have to stop sabotaging their own prosperity. Unfortunately, it will probably take a whole lot of education and a new government there to make that happen.
commented 2015-04-23 21:12:40 -0400
Texas tea, black gold, southern hospitality. All good
commented 2015-04-23 20:36:28 -0400
Ezra the Texas interviews are really well done. Liked your others in Pennsylvanian on fracking. Too bad our east coast liberals can’t get it through their head that fracking is good for everyone. Little earth tremors, really give me a break. Guess when they get free money from the rest of Canada it isn’t a big concern. Always chuckle when you interview protesters and and ask them how they got there or how many oil byproducts they use. They are rather hypocritical.
commented 2015-04-23 20:26:28 -0400
Rebelator2, I am hoping that is so also. It is so different in Canada. In Canada some mineral rights are privately held, but the vast majority (90%) are owned by the government. Almost 90% of Canada’s total land mass is government owned “Crown Land”. So while in some jurisdictions, where private land holdings are extensive, the relationship between the landholder and a mining company may require some careful negotiations and the managing of difficult relationship ( read FN’s). Companies in Canada are generally working on uninhabited government owned land. The compensation isn’t as direct here. In Canada we all benefit in the long run but, in the USA individuals primarily own mineral rights on private land so the result is more like Jed Clampet winning big on his bubbling crude. Oh to be born into the family of a large landowner in Texas! http://www.geologyforinvestors.com/claim-staking-canada/

Good stuff Ezra, keep bringing it. We need to find a way to convince Canadians that it is a good thing for one and all. Stifle the myth that the only ones prospering are the big companies. We all benefit. It is a good thing.
commented 2015-04-23 19:32:30 -0400
Any oil outfit willing to go forward with the Williamson Ranch fracking agreement at this time must be pretty confident that higher oil prices are on the way sooner rather than later. Hope that proves to be true.
commented 2015-04-23 19:29:31 -0400
Ezra, This was the best interview you have done to date. Keep them coming.
commented 2015-04-23 18:24:15 -0400
What a lovely interview! And what a lovely couple with a lovely grateful and generous attitude toward the earth, fracking, their family, their neighbours, their country and God. Thanks, Ezra!
commented 2015-04-23 18:14:47 -0400
Very Educational to see people who have maintained their life-style and are living in peace with the development. I’m sure there are some disadvantages also, but one has to view the total picture including the point of view of people nearest to the action.