Drilling in Dallas

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton in DFW Next Week   Thursday Night,  April 20, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Community Forum about: Injection Disposal Wells  Handley Meadowbrook Community Center 6201 Beaty St, Fort Worth, TX 76112 Sponsored by St. Rep Nicole Collier    Friday Morning, April 21st, 10:50 – 11:40 am Responsible Shale Extraction […]

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Downwinders at Risk is proud to be taking part in the first annual Responsible Shale Energy Extraction (RSEE) Symposium & Exposition, happening over two days at this year’s at Fair Park in Dallas, Friday April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd. Climate Change superstar Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, Fracking health-effects lecturer (and Downwinder friend) Dr. Anne Epstein, and […]

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There's no better symbol of the anachronism that is Texas state government than the ineptly named Railroad Commission, or RRC. It has nothing to do with choo-choos, and everything to do with the State's oil and gas legacy.  Or is it misnamed? Its innocuous title keeps it off a lot of citizens' radar screens while going about its […]

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How to Outflank HB40 in the Barnett Shale

by jim on February 29, 2016

Last week, the EPA made an important admission.  "Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are significantly higher than previous official estimates, according to draft revisions of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions inventory released Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. At 9.3 million metric tons, revised estimates of 2013 emissions are 27% percent higher than the […]

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In Defense of Mary Suhm. No. Really.

by jim on January 28, 2016

Jim Schutze at the Dallas Observer came across an interesting piece of video the other day. It was the deposition of former Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm in the on-going lawsuit between jilted gas driller Trinity East and the City. In their cross-examination, lawyers for Trinity East are asking Suhm about a secret (at least […]

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In late November, a new report by Goldman Sachs came out predicitng “New wind turbines and solar panels worldwide will provide more energy over the next five years than U.S. shale-oil production has over the past five." “The leading renewable-energy technologies will add the equivalent of 6.2 million barrels of oil a day to the global […]

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What: “The Future of Fighting Fracking in Texas” When: 7-9 pm Thursday, November 5th Where: Historic Texas Theater in Oak Cliff, 231 West Jefferson Who: Regional and Statewide Activists, Attorneys and Organizers (Dallas)— A new alliance of groups fighting for more protective fracking regulation in Texas is using a Dallas environmental conference to host the […]

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From the Too Little Too Late Department comes news that a new UT poll finds that 53% of Texans want cities to have the power to control where fracking takes place in their jurisdictions, even to the point of banning it, a la Denton. That number rises to 58% nationally. The poll surveyed 2,078 people […]

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New Encyclopedia of Fracking Harms

by jim on July 21, 2014

Those that keep up with these things know the rate of new information about fracking has increased almost exponentially for the past couple of years. New studies arrive monthly covering a host of subjects – air pollution, water contamination, earthquakes from injection wells, truck traffic, etc. So many it's hard to keep up and get […]

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A Barnett Shale Manifesto…From Austin

by jim on March 31, 2014

Sometimes it takes a perspective above the grind of trench warfare to give you a better sense of what the entire battlefield looks like. That's what UT Law Professor Rachel Rawlins has done for Barnett Shale activists with the recent publication of her article "Planning for Fracking on the Barnett Shale: Urban Air Pollution, Improving […]

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As you might have heard by now, forlorn natural gas operator Trinity East has sued the City of Dallas for denying the three permits it was seeking to drill along the Trinity River in Northwest Dallas by the Irving border. Claiming breach of contract and even fraud, the company is saying it's owed millions of […]

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Merry Xmas and Have a Less Poisonous New Year

by jim on December 25, 2013

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It was rumored to be a done deal as of last week. Today it actually is. By a vote of 9 to 6, the Dallas City Council voted to endorse the new gas ordinance drafted by its City Plan Commission, including its 1500-foot setback requirement for wells and compressor stations. The only change to the […]

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It's been four years since the first Dallas City Plan Commission meetings on pending gas permits. It's been three years since the Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force was formed. It's been 12 months since Mayor Rawlings' announced he was fast tracking the Trinity East gas permits. It's been 10 months since the Dallas Observer published […]

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It All Comes Down To This Last Public Hearing and Final Vote on a New Drilling Ordinance  Beginning 1:00 PM THIS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11th 6th Floor Dallas City Hall Participate, and (with any luck) Celebrate…..Over a Year of Constant Activism…….Over Three Years of Constant Organizing…….The Defeat of the Trinity East Permits………The Passage of Protective Dallas […]

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Considering how little public notice there was, yesterday's Dallas City Council "public comment time" on the new gas-drilling ordinance was well-attended by residents supporting the Plan Commission Draft. Over two dozen people spoke in favor of the CPC recommendations, including the 1500 foot setback, and/or stronger language for parks and flood plains. Murky statements by […]

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