September 2013

Big D’s BFD

by jim on September 27, 2013

Did you feel the ground shifting under your feet yesterday around 5 pm? It was another one of those local earthquakes caused by fracking. The epicenter was Dallas City Hall. Damage to the gas industry's rhetoric and credibility was extensive. By a vote of 14 to 1, the Dallas Plan Commission pronounced the permissive "Fort […]

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Thursday's Dallas Plan Commission hearing on a new gas ordinance just got a lot more interesting. At 12 noon today, citizens received the staff proposal for language dealing with compressors stations in Dallas – among the largest, most polluting, most dangerous kinds of facilities in the natural gas fuel cycle. Staff is attempting to carve […]

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Act I was the rear-guard fight to keep the horrible Trinity East permits from getting approved. Act II has been about getting the most protective ordinance language for any future drilling we can from the members of the Dallas Plan Commission. Act III will be about what kind of new drilling ordinance the Dallas City […]

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Grassroots groups live and die with their support on the ground. They're not affiliated with a well-heeled state or national organization that can subsidize their work. Without continuing sustenance from regular folks, they're doomed. Downwinders at Risk is very lucky. We have a solid base of regular folks who appreciate what we do. They tolerate […]

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Today is the Day Downwinders At Risk is proud to participate in Giving Day, the Communities Foundation's Region-Wide, Non-Profit, Day-Long Fundraising Marathon. Contribute $25 or more to Downwinders at Risk's work through DonorBridgeTX.org to help us raise the $2,500 we need to pay our Director for September. Just go to the special Downwinders contribution page […]

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Give Cleaner Air a Chance This Thursday

by jim on September 16, 2013

7 am to Midnight Thursday, September 19th   Contribute $25 or more to Downwinders at Risk's work  through DonorBridgeTX.org and see your donation grow with matching funds and special gifts   A once-a-year opportunity to help us  Keep Fighting The Good Fight for Clean Air in DFW Downwinders At Risk  Local, Determined, and Effective Our […]

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Here's how to help us build the best gas drilling ordinance in the Barnett Shale by the end of the month in three easy steps. 1) TOMORROW – BUTTS IN SEATS FOR THE BEST ORDINANCE IN THE SHALE Attend the public hearing tomorrow, THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th at 1:30 pm on a new Dallas gas-drilling […]

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Austin-based Environment Texas released its bi-annual list of best and worst legislators for the just finished session. It's based on the recorded votes of members on eight or nine of the most high-profile environemental bills, good or bad, that were up for consideration in front of the entire Chamber. The Tea Party rebellion of 2010 […]

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Letter in the New York Times reacting to British protests over frackign in that country: Re “Britain’s Furor Over Fracking,” by Roger Cohen (column, Aug. 27): The British are in for a rude surprise if they allow their countryside to be fracked. I should know; I was raised in Fort Worth My parents were just […]

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There are only two more Plan Commission public hearings on a new gas ordinance before it goes to the full City Council. The first is this Thursday, September 12th, at 1:30 pm at City Hall on the 6th floor. The other is Thursday, September 26th at the same place and time. After the last one, […]

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(Frisco) — Representatives of local groups that were instrumental in shutting down the ill-fated Exide lead smelter in Frisco say the company is now using the wrong environmental standard to direct the clean-up of the facility and surrounding property.   Their primary source is testimony from an Austin engineer hired by the City of Frisco […]

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Happy DFW Non-Attainment Day!

by jim on September 3, 2013

It came a little later than usual this year, but the final dog days of August finally churned out the inevitable DFW Non-Attainment Day on Saturday. And nature was just cheeky enough to wait until right before the state's open house on yet another clean air plan for the area. Non-Attainment Day is the (so […]

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