Stars of wonder...
by Jeff Latcham
Dec 07, 2012 | 1897 views | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stars of wonder...
Stars of wonder...
Just how big is the Eagle Ford Shale development? Well, it’s big enough to show up as its own constellation in satellite photos this week from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Arching like an inverted eyebrow below San Antonio, it lights up like a comet running southeast of Austin down to just above Laredo.

It’s one thing to drive through sections of the Eagle Ford, as when crossing from Beeville to San Antonio, but it’s impressive to see the scope of it lit up at night from space. Keep in mind that most of these communities wouldn’t have likely shown up in night photos as recently as 2008. Now the region is aglow with rigs and production facilities.

That’s something at which both to marvel and remind us to be cautious with our region’s ecology, roads and management. This is a life-changing moment in South Texas. We must move wisely to make sure the benefits outweigh the negatives.

For there’s no denying everything is changing. It’s as plain as a light in the dark sky. – Jeff Latcham

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December 12, 2012
Yes, a photo would have been nice (and scary). The photo can be found on Google Earth if you have it (It's a free download). There's a night sky view, and to tell you the truth, I don't know why anyone would think all this industrial development is such a good thing in what was once pristine country. What the Google map does show is the horrible amount of light pollution created by us humans. But I'm also glad to read that editorial is aware of how cautiously we need to move on all this.
December 10, 2012
Where are the photos?