“It’s My Park – Don’t Frack It”

by jim on October 9, 2012

Last Saturday, the City Of Dallas sponsored its annual "It's My Park Day." Usually, it's a assembly of hardy volunteers who are out doing clean-up in Dallas open and green spaces that the city can't always afford to do these days.

But this year was different. Showing up at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake – the home district of "Sulfuric Sheffie" Kadane one of he most vocal supporters for allowing gas drilling in the city's parks – was another, more focused contingent and they brought along a brand new people-friendly prop to get their message across.

Led by Mountain Creek Neighborhood Alliance members Ed and Claudia Meyers, a group of about a dozen residents set-up a 15-foot tall faux drilling rig right there on the Lake shore with a bright red "Don't Frack My Parks" message at the top and then proceeded to hand out flyers quoting Council member Kadane as saying “We’ve got parklands there that aren’t being utilized for anything. What else are you gonna put there?”

The "Drilling for Truth" crew generally got a warm reception at White Rock from park-friendly volunteers, then proceeded onto the Volunteer Appreciation event at Valley View Park where they ran into Councilwoman Linda Koop. All in all, not a bad way to debut a new prop in the fight against irresponsible urban drilling. And now that it's on the move, watch for the rig in your neighborhood.

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