August 2013

Carbon soot found in Particulate Matter air pollution is responsible for increasing death risks in US cities according to a new nationwide study conducted by John Hopkins, Yale and Harvard.  “Our work indicates that some constituents of PM2.5 may be more toxic than others and therefore regulating PM total mass alone may not be sufficient to […]

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What residents have accomplished in Dallas since last December is nothing short of amazing when you step back for a moment. They took a "done deal"  constructed by the Mayor to award Trinity East three gas permits in short order and ground it to a halt. They forced the disclosure of the notorious secret agreement […]

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Online Again and Ready to Roll

by jim on August 16, 2013

Our apologies for the extended intermission the last week. A combination of travel and technical problems conspired to thwart postings. But summertime is supposed to be about a more relaxed schedule, right? It used to be that way, but increasingly summer is seen by both industry and government as a time to accelerate their agendas […]

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(Dallas)—- Citing City Hall official audio recordings, neighborhood and environmental groups are accusing Dallas City Attorney Tammy Palomino of blocking the City Plan Commission’s intentions to adopt a stricter gas drilling rule governing how far wells can be located from neighborhoods and schools. “It’s a clumsy attempt to steamroll the Commission, made even more embarrassing […]

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And the evidence just keeps piling-up that we have no clue about the public health impacts of poisoning ourselves. Over the past few years, more and more science dollars have been committed to studying the "epigenetic" impact of toxins in the human body. These are impacts that go well beyond just the person originally exposed […]

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Last summer we told you about a nationwide Centers For Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) warning to gas and oil field workers about rampant silica air pollution at fracking sites throughout the country. Research had found that pollution standards were being trampled at every site they tested. These were all tests […]

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And just like that, Dallas City Hall decides that more public participation in writing the new gas drilling ordinance isn't what they want after all. Less than two weeks after releasing a proposed schedule for the City Plan Commission that included three public hearings on the subject, city staff issued a revised schedule for the […]

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After an uncharacteristically mild June and July produced the best ozone season in six or seven years, August arrived to remind us what summer in Texas is supposed to be about. Seven of 20 smog monitors saw their annual highs set last Thursday, August 1st, when temperatures begin to climb back to the triple digits, […]

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