Texas Sharon: Not brave, just pissed off

Why I am coming to DC — the tar sands action team August 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Sharon Wilson is a Texan, known online as TXSharon, who has been on a multi-year mission to protect her community from the horrors of natural gas fracking drilling. A homeowner living on the Barnett Shale, she has been waging a fight for the health of her family and environment at ground zero of the natural gas industry’s expansion into America. Now she’s continuing that fight by risking arrest by participating in civil disobedience at the tar sands action this August. (To join her, click here to sign up) “It’s already hotter than the hinges of hell here in Texas, and the tar sands are so dirty, I’m worried it will just push us over the edge. I don’t remember it ever being over 100 degrees in June. That’s scary to me.” “At some point, it has to stop. People are starting to call me from East Texas scared because they’re getting threats that their land is going to be seized under eminent domain. At some point we have to say this has gone far enough, we’re not going to follow you off this cliff. If we don’t push back now with some dramatic action, being very loud then we’re not going to stop. We’re going to go off that cliff.” Sharon sees the struggle against natural gas industry and the tar sands as deeply connected. “At any action we take that says ‘no’ to another dirty fossil fuel, it will help us here in the Barnett Shale. It’s like when other areas outlaw franking, that can only help us – immediately it may make things worse, but in the long run it will help us because maybe Texans will say if they can do it, we can do it. Maybe it will give Texans the courage to stand up and speak out. We can see that we can have better, that we don’t need to be sacrificed for shale down here.” Sharon decided to get involved after reading and interview with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson where she said that President Obama wasn’t taking action on climate change because environmentalists are “not marching on Washington the way they did on Earth Day in the 70s,” “I really hope that Lisa Jackson is going to make good on what she alluded to. If we do our part, then I expect that Obama and the EPA to do their part. This is coming at great cost to me. I am a single mother, it’s not going to be cheap to fly to DC and get a hotel – but I feel like I need to do my part. I want them to do theirs.” Being an outspoken critic of the gas industry in North Texas isn’t always easy. But when it comes to defending what’s right, Sharon refuses to back down. She’s received enough mean spirited comments on her excellent blog to dedicate a whole page of her site simply to displaying and defying empty threats and insults. But despite the vitriol from the industry, Sharon points out that a huge part of her community is incredibly grateful for those who are willing and able to speak out for a clean future. “I’m pissed off. I’m not brave or anything. If it came to some of those heroic scenes in the movies, swooping in to save everyone, I’m not your chick, but I am so pissed off at what the industry is doing with their mafia style tactics, it drives me to not back down. It is hard to find people who are not intimidated.” “I live in the middle of the Barnett Shale and so there are a lot of people who are horribly impacted by this so called clean energy that’s supposed to be our bridge fuel. Those people whose children are getting unexplained nosebleeds and asthma attacks in their sleep – they are pretty happy that I’m doing this. They’re very grateful.”  
  1. WCGasette says:

    Thank you, Sharon!!

  2. Thank you for all of your hard work for the people of Texas!!!!

  3. Storiesandsanta says:

    Keep up the hard, good work.

  4. averagecitizen says:

    You are awesome for speaking up and getting involved! Thanks for being an inspiration!

  5. Ernesto says:

    i AM REALLY TIRED OF ALL GREEN PEOPLE THEY ARE EXTREMISTS,

  6. Ernesto says:

    wHAT YOU WANT PEOPLE USING CHARCOAL OR BURN WOOD FOR DAILY LIVING?PLEASE GIVE ME AN ANSWER

  7. Lisa Jensen says:

    Thanks for sharing, there is a bill against fracking and also an online petition http://www.care2.com.

  8. Loyal to America says:

    Maybe we should go a step farther and shut off all our energy so people can’t heat their homes, turn on there lights, and can’t fuel their vehicles.  Let’s also increase the unemployment and send more jobs over seas that way you can join the rest of the communists looking for a job!   People should also have some intelligence and know the facts before they sign petitions!!

    • More Loyal than You says:

      How old are you “Loyal?” Must be getting close to the edge of life that it really doesn’t matter anymore to you if others, especially our children, are sick or worse, dying from cancer because we need to fuel SUV’s, consume huge amounts of electricity or heat for our houses. And, God forbid that we send more jobs overseas–especially since it started back in the 90’s with NAFTA and the free trade agreement in China, so we can all buy their cheap crap loaded with lead and other toxins. Don’t remember those jobs fleeing until corporations figured out that they can pay a laborer .89 cents a week in a foreign country, versus paying a Union worker $30 an hours to do an assembly job.

      It is I that is loyal to America, with thousands of others, who do not want to see the greed of the oil and gas industry plunder our land and natural resource, so that they can export it overseas to the highest bidder. Why don’t you go get the real facts for yourself before buying into the fiction of the oil and gas industry.

    • think about the big picture..other than the tiny little world that is your own life, and your gas guzzling SUV… while you are at it, the no. 1 thing you could do to cut down on environmental damage is stop shoveling dead carcasses into your face.

      why do we always have to fight so YOUR kids/grandkids can have clean air and water? jobs are sent overseas is the fault of FOR PROFIT companies. get an education.

      communism would be better than this mess…

  9. More Loyal than You says:

    How old are you “Loyal?” Must be getting close to the edge of life that it really doesn’t matter anymore to you if others, especially our children, are sick or worse, dying from cancer because we need to fuel SUV’s, consume huge amounts of electricity or heat for our houses. And, God forbid that we send more jobs overseas–especially since it started back in the 90’s with NAFTA and the free trade agreement in China, so we can all buy their cheap crap loaded with lead and other toxins. Don’t remember those jobs fleeing until corporations figured out that they can pay a laborer .89 cents a week in a foreign country, versus paying a Union worker $30 an hours to do an assembly job.

    It is I that is loyal to America, with thousands of others, who do not want to see the greed of the oil and gas industry plunder our land and natural resource, so that they can export it overseas to the highest bidder. Why don’t you go get fact for yourself before you slam those who really care about America.

  10. Mary says:

    All of us who can stand together in Washington should do so….if we believe that what Jim Hanson says is true…………that developing the tar sands and expediting its trip to Texas, as this pipeline will do, means game over for reversing climate change………..than we must act now.
    Imagine if the money they want to spend putting this evil artery across our two great countries was used to solarize houses where the sun gets as hot as Sharon says it is getting in Texas! Imagine the jobs that could create, and the microgeneration that could help turn people from passive consumers of a non renewable resource, into producers of something clean and renewable.

    A new world is possible…..and that new world is depending on all of us. yea Sharon, for making this sacrifice……..look forward to meeting you in Washington.

    • Paul Suckow says:

      What Sharon says is true. I could hardly believe it myself when the Channel 2 weatherman this morning said to expect a “record-breaking 106″ degree day in Houston, TX. It was seriously hard to find light enough clothing appropriate for business today!

      Even the most calcified hardnose on any coal or petroleum production board should be getting really excited about the potential for safe use of formerly “dirty” fossil carbon resources in closed loop “coprocessing” streams. These are more efficient at making electricity than the plants we use today…yet shoot out power as a biproduct of wasteless (when properly balanced) chemical production! Such could safely form the nucleus of many smart, vibrant, sustainable, and strategically positioned residential/commercial centers everywhere, but we’ve got to start moving in this direction wholesale…and yesterday.

      Our President should really kick-start movement with a painful solitary decision to forgo additional Canadian tar sands processing (for now). Really, and I speak as a Houston citizen, who doesn’t want to appropriately price carbon emissions and stop inefficiently burning bunches of decrementing commodities for trickles of energy sparked onto a rickety 1900s central power grid? Those organic rocks and stews really are “black gold;” we’ve simply got to start treating them as such…and do the larger work necessary to get us into the future we all know we want.

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