Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hunt oil not deer
Why, jest ask ol' Jed Clampett; it got him all the way to Californy!
Locking horns over oil field deer season
By Jennifer Hiller - Express-News
LIVE OAK COUNTY — The last light of day slips from the gray sky as Terry Retzloff spots a deer he's been searching for all season.
The 11-point buck is about seven years old. He's tough, having survived a nasty fight last year in which he got hooked and lost an eye. And he's smart. The one-eyed buck rarely shows himself, but today emerges from the brush at a favorite spot of Retzloff's, one with a bit of roll to the terrain and a view of live oaks.
In the background, accompanying Retzloff's reverent regard for the animal, is the mechanical hum of a hydraulic fracturing crew that's working 24 hours a day on a neighboring property, breaking open the Eagle Ford Shale to release trapped hydrocarbons. Drilling rigs and natural gas flares are visible on the horizon.
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