Mansfield

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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Small stuff adds up. Thousands of gas wells, pipelines, storage tanks, compressors, and other pieces of infrastructure in oil and gas patches, which individually don't emit the huge volumes of air pollution coming from a single cement kiln or a coal plant can, when combined, easily total tonnage larger than both.  And that's what has happened in DFW over […]

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The Last Frack Fight?

by jim on March 24, 2015

In Austin, the HB 40 hearing started late and continued far into the night. In Mansfield, the third reading of the new ordinance with the old setbacks was following the script. Between the apocalyptic tweets emanating from the one and the dismal Kabuki theater playing out in the other, it was hard to tell. Was […]

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The green dot is a 1500-foot radius around a medical waste transfer station. The red dots are 1500-foot radiuses around gas wells. The black dots are schools. Guess which dot the City Council and School Board are outraged about? 2nd Reading of Proposed Gas Drilling Ordinance Mansfield City Council Meeting Monday Night, March 16th  6:30 […]

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For almost a year, Mansfield residents have been trying to rewrite their city's drilling ordinance to better reflect the science surrounding the public health consequences of heavy industry taking place so close to people. During this entire time, and countless appearances before their city council, there has not been one Mansfield citizen who came forward […]

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(Mansfield) — Residents in this Fort Worth suburb seeking a more modern approach to gas industry regulation seemed to have hit a raw Barnett Shale nerve. A decision last month by the city council to postpone permitting of a giant new multi-well and compressor facility in Mansfield, pending development of a new gas ordinance, has […]

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There was at least one truth uttered by Steve Everley, the professional PR spokesperson for Energy in Depth, itself the PR arm of the Gas Industry, during his testimony at last Thursday's EPA ozone standard hearing in Arlington: "…natural gas producers will be significantly impacted by EPA’s proposal to reduce the National Ambient Air Quality […]

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Something strange happened on the way to losing the battle in order to win the war. The battle was won. At least for now. It wasn't a permit denial. It wasn't a ban. It wasn't even a new ordinance. But the Mansfield Gas Well Awareness group pulled off their first significant victory at the council […]

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Pending Permit for an 18% Increase in City’s Well Count Wasn’t Disclosed to Citizens or Media at Special December 3rd Workshop on Gas Regulations What: Mansfield City Council to Consider Large new Gas Facility Permit, including New Compressor Station on Debbie Lane When: Monday Night, January 12th 7 pm Where: Mansfield City Hall, 1200 East […]

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We must be doing something right.  Last Thursday, Energy in Depth, the national PR arm of the oil and gas industry, singled out Downwinders at Risk for our support of longer setbacks between people and gas industry facilities in Mansfield and other North Texas cities.  EID calls these setbacks, now passed in DISH, Denton, Southlake and Dallas, "defacto bans" because […]

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