January 2013

Magical Mystery Tour: Then vs Now

by jim on January 30, 2013

Dallas city staff are trying very hard to persuade the City Plan Commission to reverse their December 20th denial of the three Trinity East gas drilling and production sites. So hard, they engineered a "reconsideration vote" to overturn that denial, now scheduled for 1:30 pm February 7th – next Thursday. So hard, they're flip-flopping on […]

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It just keeps getting more ridiculous and indefensible. Just four short months ago, the City of Dallas staff stood up to the big bad Weir Brothers asphalt and concrete crushing plant across the street from the City's new Elm Fork soccer complex with its 15 playing fields, tracks and concession stands. They told the City […]

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(This release was sent out at 9 am Monday morning….) Saying they're frustrated with the ineptitude of Exide's public comment procedures concerning its plans to leave landfills of lead behind in Frisco, residents unveiled a system of their own on Monday that will funnel comments directly to the plant manager. "Exide said they were interested […]

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“That Deal is Cut”

by jim on January 23, 2013

An op-ed from today's Dallas Morning News….. There’s a moment in Woody Allen’s Bananas when the newly empowered dictator goes from deliverer to deranged. “All children under 16 years old are now … 16 years old,” he blithely declares. “The official language is now Swedish.” We laugh because the decrees are at such odds with […]

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Today, DMN Dallas City Hall reporter Rudy Bush wrote that the Exxon-Mobile gas drilling subsidiary XTO has decided to permanently withdraw its requests for gas drilling permits in the city. Previously, the company had said it was "suspending" activity on the permits. With its decision, XTO becomes the second out of three gas companies to […]

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No punchline. Just wondering.

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Shortly before Christmas, a long multi-year toxicological investigation of Gulf War Illness headed up by UT Southwestern's Dr. Robert Haley announced its final conclusions. This is a study that's received lots of attention, and many consider it the definitive work on the Illness to date. Because it involved a local Dallas medical institution and a […]

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Regardless of what else might transpire on the way to resolving the Trinity East gas permits, there is now one unintended, but indisputable, result. The environmental movement in Dallas is growing up. Almost 100 of you came out during the middle of a weekday and made sure your public comments were heard, even as the […]

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That's the hypothesis that Kevin Drum makes in the latest issue of Mother Jones, and he has a lot of evidence to back it up. For years, scientists have known about the link between lead exposure in children and decreasing IQ levels. More recently, researchers have discovered more subtle effects in terms of anti-social behavior […]

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For those following the worsening air quality trends in DFW over the last two years, nothing is more frustrating than having the TCEQ PR department follow up from the rear and try to explain in their best George Orwell impersonations how everything is still just hunky-dory. You see, there was this nice little meme that […]

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Where Were You?

by jim on January 10, 2013

When the City of Dallas Decided ….to either let a vote stand, or steal it ….to defend air quality, or approve a new refinery that will be a top ten polluter ….to protect parks and floodplains, or make them industrial sites ….to listen to its residents, or a single gas company The City Plan Commission […]

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Stand Up for the Right to Speak Out The fight over gas drilling in Dallas is now as much a about the democratic process as it is about pollution:  – Public meetings scheduled five days before Christmas in hopes of lowering turnout – Hiding a huge compressor station and gas processing plant that will be […]

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Under the guise of "gas drilling," Dallas City Hall and industry are pressing for approval of a permit that would locate a gas refinery only 600 feet from the new Elm Fork soccer complex, and immediately give birth to one of the ten largest air polluters in the City of Dallas, as well as one […]

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Because citizens unexpectedly won the rejection of Dallas drilling permits at December's City Plan Commission meeting, City Hall and the Gas Industry are trying to engineer a "do-over vote" this Thursday. They're trying to give dead gas permits a second chance, but if we nail down the coffin this time, it could be the last […]

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