This map is a layout of the Billingsley-City of Dallas joint “eco-development” by the name of “Cypress Waters” taking shape on North Lake in Northwestern Dallas. The same one the Dallas Morning News wrote about today. Only they didn’t include this perspective of the development – the master plan for the development. Maybe because it makes explicit reference to the fact that there will be gas wells tastefully scattered among the neighborhoods and schools of Cypress Waters, a fact never mentioned in the Morning News story (they’re the green rectangles on the map). Indeed, there’s a drill site that sits directly across the street from TWO schools. This is the completely FUBAR’d world of developers unfamiliar with the messiness of gas drilling, or alternatively don’t care about the impact of that messiness on their residents. On a map, a well pad is a nicely contained rectangle of a different color that just sits there and mingles with the other colored rectangles. On the ground, it’s 24/7 traffic, noise, smells, fumes, health effects, and accidents that don’t stay within the rectangle. Remember that just a month ago the Colorado School of Public Health published a study that concluded that residents living within a half mile of a gas well were exposed to at least five different toxic chemicals at levels above federal regulatory concern and stood a 66% higher chance of getting cancer. Four out of six of the wells in this planned Cypress Waters eco-development are much closer to people than a half-mile. Some look like their as close as a half block. Yeah, that’s real eco of y’all. People who design developments like this should be sentenced to live on their front lines. UPDATE @ 4:30 PM: To its credit the Dallas Morning News is now running a story from their City Hall reporter on its digital front page that talks about the fact that Cypress Hill is also hosting six drilling sites and even posts the same map that we have up here. It’s a good piece and if it’s language would have been inserted into the larger Business Section article this morning, there would have been no basis to complain. Good for citizens howling about this. Good for the Morning News being responsive to reader comments about so obvious an omission and making the correction by putting it on the front page of the web site. Should we credit this reasonableness to the “Wilonsky Effect?”

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