Snyder, Texas: The Fracking Armpit of Texas

Earthquakes have rattled this small west Texas community in recent days. Earthquakes ranging from 2.8 to 3.5 in magnitude have been felt in and around Snyder. Many blame all of the fracking going on in west Texas as the cause of the quakes, while others argue that fracking has nothing to do with earthquakes. Regardless of how you feel, Snyder is the fracking armpit of west Texas.

The Examiner was able to find a Brownwoodian with ties to Snyder at the new Allsups on 377. Esther Hightower moved to Brownwood from Snyder in 1997, and the vibrant 79 year old has enjoyed her time in Brownwood. “It’s great being here, but I fracking hated Snyder. It smells horrible, and the people are the rudest I’ve ever met. I hope they keep fracking in Snyder and I hope the whole fracking town falls in a sinkhole!”

While we were at Allsups, a trucker who was hauling wind turbine blades to Sweetwater overheard our talk. He let us in on a secret that some Sweetwater residents told him, but he only spoke to us on condition of anonymity. “You see, Sweetwater folks sure don’t like Snyder. They say it smells fracking bad out that way. Not all them turbines in Sweetwater are generatin’ power. Some of them are actual fans, pointed at Snyder to blow that smell back at ’em.”

Some Brownwood soccer players were in the Allsups purchasing some deep fried burritos to take to their game with them. They told us that they had played a game at Snyder in the past, and that everyone they met in Snyder had a “fracking bad attitude” and that their parents and fans always “try to taunt the fracking competitors from other schools.”

Needless to say, there is a whole lot of fracking going on in Snyder, Texas. So from Brownwood, we say, “go frack yourselves, Snyder!”

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Shari says:

    I think the writer of this article should look inward at themselves. Is there not enough bad in this world already? Can you not find someone to have a logical conversation with about fracking and earthquakes? Or do you just choose to make fun of people? Try writing a story that shows the heart and compassion that is seen in Texas. Like our soldiers that have come home or someone that knows what it is to see the true ugliness of something that does stinks like cancer and still smiles. Help people see the good around them.

    1. BrownwoodExaminer says:

      Shari, while I agree there is plenty of bad in this world already, I find it humorous that you feel this article contributes to the bad that is in the world today. I’m sure that in your egocentric mind this will rank right up there with world hunger and the Ebola crisis that’s going on in Africa. My deepest condolences for ruining your world.

    2. Jason says:

      FRAC THIS!!! Lmao

  2. Stephanie says:

    This is not journalism and it’s certainly not news. It’s nothing more than a tacky, mean spirited rant from someone who obviously has not visited Snyder or it’s inhabitants. In fact, it sounds like an article from a jr high or high school newspaper. Just immature name calling and jealousy. I believe in freedom of the press but I’m glad our forefathers didn’t sacrifice lives for this BS.

    1. BrownwoodExaminer says:

      Actually, I have visited Snyder numerous times. Thank-you for reading, and I’m glad you enjoyed our article!

  3. Kristi says:

    The writer seems to have very low self esteem. Guess they are not able to find anything good to talk about. And if this comment gets to you. Then there is something wrong with you. Gotta take the good with the bad.

    1. BrownwoodExaminer says:

      You are correct. We searched and searched for something good to talk about in Snyder, and we just couldn’t locate anything.

  4. David Cozart says:

    as a former resident of both Snyder and Brownwood, it saddens me to see one small town disparage the other unless it is in the good fun of school spirit rivalries.

    Did anyone think about contacting someone in Snyder? Snyder is certainly not the only west Texas town fracking. I don’t know enough about it to have an opinion.

    This diatribe was certainly a one sided opinion. The Snyder and Brownwood I knew were both friendly with each twins fair share of sour grapes. Guess what Sweetwater has them too.

    Not sure what this article shows other than you observed done folks at an Alsups which normally all smell like decades old fried burritos. Perhaps the new ones will not.

    1. BrownwoodExaminer says:

      Thank-you for commenting. We find that our best sources usually come from the customers at Allsups.

      1. David says:

        Now THAT made me laugh!!!

  5. marcos says:

    Love the satire. If those reading it can’t see the humor then maybe they need to go frack themselves lol

  6. Brian says:

    If you’re honestly citing your best sources for journalism to come from the innards of a west Texas convenience store…. then don’t expect your articles to have anything more than the aftereffects of the aforementioned burritos.

    1. BrownwoodExaminer says:

      Brian, unfortunately the only people we can find who have any connection to Snyder all hang out at the Allsups on 377. They told us that those deep friend burritos are the best thing Snyder has to offer, and that they were thrilled they could find them in Brownwood as well.

  7. DD says:

    Good comment David. Obviously the writer is out of their fracking mind and if they had done a smidgen of “investigation” they’d find they’re soul full of the dirty frack water. Snyder has been having earthquakes since before the writer was fracking born. Incidentally, Sweetwater is the most awful town west of Abilene. That’s where the aliens make their nest.

    1. BrownwoodExaminer says:

      Unfortunately our travel budget here at the Examiner doesn’t allow for us to get out to Snyder for an interview. We felt very fortunate that we were able to run in to so many people at Allsups in Brownwood that have ties to Snyder. It seems that that is where all the Snyder people go.

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