Drilling in Dallas

It All Comes Down To This Last Public Hearing and Final Vote on a New Drilling Ordinance  Beginning 1:00 PM THIS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11th 6th Floor Dallas City Hall Participate, and (with any luck) Celebrate…..Over a Year of Constant Activism…….Over Three Years of Constant Organizing…….The Defeat of the Trinity East Permits………The Passage of Protective Dallas […]

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Considering how little public notice there was, yesterday's Dallas City Council "public comment time" on the new gas-drilling ordinance was well-attended by residents supporting the Plan Commission Draft. Over two dozen people spoke in favor of the CPC recommendations, including the 1500 foot setback, and/or stronger language for parks and flood plains. Murky statements by […]

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If you can, please be sure and attend and speak-up during the public comment time being offered by the Dallas City Council today at 1 pm. Although hastily-called on the day before Thanksgiving, this "unofficial" hearing is a chance for you to speak to Council Members while things still seem to be in motion at […]

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So far the debate over how much impact the gas industry has had on DFW air quality has centered on the Barnett Shale. That's logical because that's the gas play right in front of us, in the middle of the North Texas "non-attainment area" for smog. One of the main arguments Rick Perry's Texas Commission […]

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We only have 9 days to protect what it's taken us at least the last 12 months to build. The final Dallas City Council vote on a new gas drilling ordinance will take place on Wednesday, December 11th. THIS WEDNESDAY – Tomorrow December 4th 1 pm Dallas City Council Mtg. Dallas City Hall 6th Floor […]

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Wednesday's public staff briefing over the new gas drilling ordinance at Dallas City Hall was every bit as biased as you'd expect from a group that's been chafing under the Plan Commission's progressive recommendations since summer. But it's the snow job that went on in he lengthy two-hour Executive Session that should really concern you […]

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Mark your calendars now. According to City of Dallas materials published online Friday, the final council hearing and vote on a new gas drilling ordinance will take place Wednesday, December 11th. We might have a better idea about the likely outcome of that vote after tomorrow's briefing to the council by staff on the City […]

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“I am personally opposed to urban oil and gas drilling in Dallas. To paraphrase Ecclesiastes, there is a place for everything under heaven, and I don’t think that place for drilling is in Dallas, in an environment like this. We continue to grow, and there are generally too many unknowns in respect to urban drilling […]

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On the heels of the World Health Organization declaring air pollution a carcinogen, a study published this week from the University of California-Irvine and University of Michigan found higher levels of specific carcinogens in communities downwind of Canadian "oil, gas and tar sands processing zones", and higher rates of Luekemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among men […]

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For decades DFW was the only major urban area in Texas to have its air quality challenged by the cement industry. Repeated modeling over the course of the last several local air plans showed that the concentration of the plumes from three huge cement plants in Midlothian could increase downwind ozone levels significantly. Part of […]

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The Dallas Gas Wars Are Getting Noticed

by jim on October 18, 2013

The Texas Tribune has a pretty good overview of the different ways Texas municiplaities are regulating gas drilling, including the contrast between industry-friendly Ft. Worth and a more skeptical Dallas: Meanwhile, industry representatives and some lawyers point to Fort Worth, 40 miles west of Dallas, as a model for balancing economic and environmental concerns. Between […]

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While most of the national publicity surrounding fracking over the past couple of years has involved documenting its encroachment into the Midwest and East Coast, a new first-of-its-kind report demonstrates why Texas is still the center of the oil and gas industry's universe. Last week the Environment America Research & Policy Center released "Fracking by […]

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Maybe the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council thought it was being cute by sending their latest "study" out on the day Gasland II had its theatrical premiere in North Texas. Or maybe they knew what an egg they were laying. It's a basic rule of PR that you don't send things out on a Friday […]

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Big D’s BFD

by jim on September 27, 2013

Did you feel the ground shifting under your feet yesterday around 5 pm? It was another one of those local earthquakes caused by fracking. The epicenter was Dallas City Hall. Damage to the gas industry's rhetoric and credibility was extensive. By a vote of 14 to 1, the Dallas Plan Commission pronounced the permissive "Fort […]

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Thursday's Dallas Plan Commission hearing on a new gas ordinance just got a lot more interesting. At 12 noon today, citizens received the staff proposal for language dealing with compressors stations in Dallas – among the largest, most polluting, most dangerous kinds of facilities in the natural gas fuel cycle. Staff is attempting to carve […]

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Here's how to help us build the best gas drilling ordinance in the Barnett Shale by the end of the month in three easy steps. 1) TOMORROW – BUTTS IN SEATS FOR THE BEST ORDINANCE IN THE SHALE Attend the public hearing tomorrow, THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th at 1:30 pm on a new Dallas gas-drilling […]

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