It was a crime scene we have become all too familiar with in 2015. Yellow police tape encircled the area of the dastardly deed. People milled about somewhat dazed but also angry.
Among neighboring towns, more than a dozen so far have called town meetings and voted to reassert community rights as the ultimate authority before approving such projects.
Oil and gas canals and pipelines have destroyed much of the Louisiana coastal lands.
We can now predict, with 100 percent certainty that climate change will actually result in much more employment for scientists, not because they made it up but rather because it is already starting to affect humanity all over the world.
While the people are banned from the more than 400 shuttered national parks, big oil and gas companies will have no trouble getting in and will continue operations as usual in 12 of the otherwise closed national parks.
Tthe floods have left 10 dead and 200 still unaccounted for, destroyed at least 15,000 homes across 17 counties, damaged at least 11 oil and gas locations, and now the resultant leaks and spills threaten to become a brand new disaster.
The movement, called Fossil Free, features the motto, "It's wrong to profit from wrecking the climate."
Texas law allows landowners to pump as much water from their wells as they choose - with few restrictions - even if part of that water is siphoned from other landowners or neighboring towns.
The University of Texas plans to organize experts to review a report on fracking after learning that the professor who wrote it is in the pocket of the natural gas industry.
The methods are controversial enough. But activists have pointed out that oil and gas drilling have a nasty side effect.