February 2013

Environmental Health News Round-Up

by jim on February 11, 2013

Current events in Dallas and Frisco kept us off our usual Environmental Health beat for awhile. Here's a round-up to get caught-up with some of the most important recent news: Secondhand Smoke is a Big Source of Lead – Children in families with one smoker had lead levels 14 percent higher than children who live […]

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A Dallas Drilling Scandal Primer

by jim on February 10, 2013

Thanks to everyone who turned out last Thursday for the (abbreviated) public hearing on the Trinity East "zombie" gas permits before the City Plan Commission. Our apologies to those of you who were not allowed to speak by the arbitrary too-soon ending of the hearing. It was one more example of a process gone off […]

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The Dallas Observer has all the details on how the Dallas City Manager made a side-agreement with Trinity East and sold out the city's parks and its residents in the process. 

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((This release was sent out Wednesday afternoon…..) (Dallas)—In the latest twist over the ordeal of what to do with old gas leases in Dallas, citizens have accused the Mayor’s appointee to the City Plan Commission of taking actions that may have resulted in a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act while trying to reverse […]

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Time to Push Back and Make Some History

by jim on February 6, 2013

Dallas Plan Commission Public Hearings on Trinity East Gas Permits, including the "Rawlings Refinery" Thursday, 1:00 pm 6th Floor Dallas City Hall, City Council Chambers When the Dallas Plan Commission held its January 10th vote to "reconsider" the denial of gas permits to Trinity East, it didn't allow any public testimony at all about the […]

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Despite denying that it was submitting comments on the state's plan for cleaning up the recently closed Exide lead smelter, the Environmental Protection Agency turned in a sometimes scathing assessment of Austin's proposal to allow the company to treat prohibited hazardous waste that still lies buried in its landfills in Frisco. "The landfill is not […]

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They’re Not Asking Your Permission

by jim on February 4, 2013

Exide and the State are planning Frisco's future without it's residents. This Wednesday night may be one of the few times they can object in person. Plans are proceeding for Exide to leave landfills full of its lead smelter waste in Frisco….forever Landfills of lead on the edge of downtown that will pose a constant […]

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Zombie Gas Permits on the March Again

by jim on February 4, 2013

Public (re)-Hearing on the Last Three Dallas Gas Sites.……including the newly-discovered "Rawlings Gas Refinery" This Thursday 1:00 pm Dallas City Hall 6th Floor City Council Chambers Press Conference followed by City Plan Commission Mtg This is the "do-over" hearing demanded by the Mayor in order to win approval of these permits – after the first […]

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