April 2013

Early Voting Starts Today

by jim on April 29, 2013

Today is the first day of early voting in municipal elections throughout North Texas. Along with some high stakes city council races there are also lots of local propositions. Of course, of greatest interest to our Dallas supporters is the post-election make-up of of the city council that looks like it will decide the fate […]

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Every movement for social change has a birthplace that history assigns it. It's Rosa Parks refusing to give up her set on the bus, or the Stonewall patrons refusing to be bullied by the police. For the grassroots environmental movement, it was Lois Gibbs and her neighbors refusing to let two EPA employees leave a […]

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We Hate to Say We Told You So, But….

by jim on April 25, 2013

California Public Radio reports… The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has shut down a battery recycling plant in Vernon whose own investigation revealed that it’s contaminating the soil around it. Exide Technologies recycles 22 million car batteries a year at its Vernon plant. The DTSC said Wednesday that it has suspended Exide’s operating permit. […]

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No It Isn’t.

by jim on April 25, 2013

It's unfortunate the Dallas Morning News chose to drink the Kool-Aid and say, that despite DFW once again getting an "F" from the American Lung Association for its smog levels, it "isn't as bad as it looks" because the air is "getting cleaner" than it was in…1999. And 20 years ago too probably, but what […]

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The higher the smog levels in Sublette County Wyoming, the more people go to see doctors. Sounds about right. Unless you know we're talking about a very rural area in the middle of the wintertime. Thanks to waves of new gas drilling, lots of ozone is now created by the winter sunlight reflecting off snow […]

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West to Dallas: Zoning is Important.

by jim on April 24, 2013

For many of us dealing with the Texas "environmental regulatory system" the shock isn't that something like the West disaster happened, it's the fact that similar accidents don't happen more frequently. Still, it seems like it combined a perfect storm of all-too familiar circumstances 1984 – the company moves two large pressurized tanks of liquid […]

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Smelling green, lawyers suing on behalf of Exide shareholders have begun to flock to the Golden Gate state's courts to file lawsuits alleging the company lied to purchasers of stock about the substantial environmental liability of the company's Vernon smelter, recently cited as presenting the highest cancer risk of any industrial facility in Southern California. […]

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Seventeen years and counting – that's how long Downwinders at Risk has been fighting to get the EPA to modernize their rules for waste-burning cement plants. And we're not giving up. On Wednesday, a national coalition of environmental and community groups that included Downwinders at Risk asked a federal court to stay a decision by […]

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Opening up another official front of opposition, the Irving City Council unanimously passed two resolutions at their regular monthly meeting Thursday night that puts the city on the record against Dallas' plans for park and floodplain drilling. Besides rhetorically taking a side, Irving opposition could be important because Trinity East Big Cheese Tom Blanton told […]

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The Dallas Morning News' Jim Mitchell, the lead writer for the paper's editorial board on gas drilling, has all the hilarious the sit-com details.

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Four years ago, when the Dallas Drilling Fight began in earnest, the issue was not familiar to most of the city's residents or its major daily newspaper. Then, it was just a handful of residents like Ed and Claudia Meyer, Raymond Crawford and others who were raising objections to sites being considered so close to […]

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Most Americans assume that by the time a product has made it to market, it must have been tested for its toxicity. Nope. Not even close. Of the approximately 85,000 chemicals available to a consumer in the US, only a tiny fraction have been tested for their impact to human health, or for their health […]

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Last week the Exide battery company, owner of the now defunct Frisco lead smelter, hired a financial "restructuring" specialist firm by the name of Lazard, although the media coverage that followed the move suggested the more apt moniker could be Lazarus. "Exide Technologies has been in the midst of a turnaround for awhile now and, […]

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In it's recent Dallas City Council questionnaire, The Dallas Monring News asked this question: What is your position, for or against, allowing gas drilling in Dallas and the city's attempts to regulate it? Here are the answers: Council District 1: Delia Jasso (incumbent): I am most concerned with safety for all the citizens of Dallas […]

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Tired of fighting a rear-guard battle over 2007 gas leases that should have been dead and buried by now? Us too. And so are Dallas Council members Angela Hunt and Scott Griggs. Last Friday they circulated this memo to their 13 other council colleagues looking for three – just three – signatures to add to […]

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It's only a proposal, but the Obama Administration's plan to cut sulfur in gasoline is aimed primarily at drastically reducing smog-forming Nitrogen Oxide, Volatile Organic compounds and Particulate Matter, the major pollutants that causes DFW to have such bad "ozone seasons."  Would it reduce it enough to finally put the region in compliance with the […]

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