March 2013

Dallas Drilling Scandal: Act 3

by jim on March 29, 2013

See what happens when you show up? Last Thursday's razor thin vote by the City Plan Commission to deny the Trinity East gas permits –  for a second time – was proof that Dallas environmentalists can marshal the political muscle it takes to beat City Hall on a critical issue of public policy, even when […]

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"Miss Suhm, this is a Good Friday moment, but I guarantee you from the faith well into which I reach, your Easter is coming and you will sail forth.” – Dallas City Council member and District 3 candidate Vonciel Jones Hill, offering Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm moral support after questioning by Angela Hunt over […]

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We've linked to the sad and horrible stories coming from ex-employees of the Frisco Exide Lead smelter that paint a disturbing picture of what went on when the public and regulators weren't looking. But this is Texas, where you practially have to have dead bodies piled up along your fenceline to get the state to […]

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A large new European study released this week found that as much as 14% of chronic children's asthma in the Continent's urban areas could be due to traffic pollution. That would put it on par with the effects of second-hand smoke, linked to anywhere from 4 to 18% of all childhood asthma.  "Air pollution has […]

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A funny thing happened to Dallas Morning News automobile columnist Terry Box while he was out test driving a new Dodge pick-up truck – it self-immolated and burned to ashes on the side of the road. As he writes about it, his experience is both funny and terrifying. But something he noted in how cars […]

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As hard as it is to believe, despite everything that's happened, Dallas could wind up with a more pro-drilling City Council in May than it has right now. Angela Hunt is term-limited. Scott Griggs is being paired with another incumbent, Della Jasso, and one of them won't be back. That's two out of the three […]

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We Have a Winner

by jim on March 26, 2013

With all the commotion last week over the Dallas drilling vote, we were negligent in covering the 2013 Green Source DFW Awards for Environmental Leadership reception in Deep Ellum. This is a great annual event organized by the Memnosyne Institute that manages to assemble most of the area's environmental groups and personalities without a call […]

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The Picture We Painted on Thursday

by jim on March 21, 2013

WE WON IN DALLAS: 8 to 7. On to the city council, which needs 12 votes to overide. Thanks to everyone who came.

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"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." – Frederick Douglass        […]

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The President of the company at the center of the current Dallas drilling controversy was Vice-President and General Counsel of a hazardous waste disposal firm that was forced to close its California plant site after a long history of environmental violations. Thomas Blanton is President of Keystone, the parent company of Trinity East, which is […]

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Win, lose or draw at Thursday's City Plan Commission vote, there is no question that, slowly, but surely, residents have built a consensus of public opposition to the Trinity East permits. For the latest proof, look no further than Wednesday's lead editorial in the Dallas Morning News advocating denial. It's the first time the paper […]

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Two things happened last night in regards to the Dallas Drilling Scandal and how it plays out this week in front of the City Plan Commission for a second, "reconsidered" vote On Thursday. Sharon Grigsby, a long-time member of the of the Dallas Morning News editorial staff, took to the paper's online opinion pages and […]

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Here's the full text of a letter that was sent to all Dallas City Plan Commission members last week: Commissioners and Chair, Despite the request to the City Council made by members of the Commission on February 7th to change city policy in order to accommodate the Trinity East gas permits by your March 21st […]

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First the good news. In looking for non-legislative ways to combat global warming, the Obama Administration has apparently decided to use Nixon-era requirements originally meant to force federal agencies to evaluate their impacts on soil, water and air pollution, to now include climate effects. According to this Bloomberg piece, industry isn't taking the news very […]

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Today the Dallas city secretary's office published the agenda for next Thursday's City Plan Commission meeting. It includes a vote on the three controversial Trinity East gas drilling and production sites – the Luna Vista/LB Houston golf course site on park land and in the Trinity River flood plain, the Gun Club site on park […]

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Dallas Fracking Mystery Tour

by susan on March 13, 2013

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