fracking

In Defense of Mary Suhm. No. Really.

by jim on January 28, 2016

Jim Schutze at the Dallas Observer came across an interesting piece of video the other day. It was the deposition of former Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm in the on-going lawsuit between jilted gas driller Trinity East and the City. In their cross-examination, lawyers for Trinity East are asking Suhm about a secret (at least […]

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As its way of giving Denton residents an industrial size middle finger, the Denton Record Chronicle is reporting that Vantage Energy is preparing to begin fracking in the city on May 27th. The company's announcement came a day after Governor Abbott signed a new law prohibiting local governments from banning fracking, or, really, doing much […]

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People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to toxic air pollution at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure. That's the conclusion of a new study performed by scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati, published in the March 26th edition of […]

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The green dot is a 1500-foot radius around a medical waste transfer station. The red dots are 1500-foot radiuses around gas wells. The black dots are schools. Guess which dot the City Council and School Board are outraged about? 2nd Reading of Proposed Gas Drilling Ordinance Mansfield City Council Meeting Monday Night, March 16th  6:30 […]

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For almost a year, Mansfield residents have been trying to rewrite their city's drilling ordinance to better reflect the science surrounding the public health consequences of heavy industry taking place so close to people. During this entire time, and countless appearances before their city council, there has not been one Mansfield citizen who came forward […]

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(Mansfield) — Residents in this Fort Worth suburb seeking a more modern approach to gas industry regulation seemed to have hit a raw Barnett Shale nerve. A decision last month by the city council to postpone permitting of a giant new multi-well and compressor facility in Mansfield, pending development of a new gas ordinance, has […]

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Something strange happened on the way to losing the battle in order to win the war. The battle was won. At least for now. It wasn't a permit denial. It wasn't a ban. It wasn't even a new ordinance. But the Mansfield Gas Well Awareness group pulled off their first significant victory at the council […]

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Pending Permit for an 18% Increase in City’s Well Count Wasn’t Disclosed to Citizens or Media at Special December 3rd Workshop on Gas Regulations What: Mansfield City Council to Consider Large new Gas Facility Permit, including New Compressor Station on Debbie Lane When: Monday Night, January 12th 7 pm Where: Mansfield City Hall, 1200 East […]

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TCEQ Public Hearing on the new DFW Anti-Smog Plan Thursday, January 15th  6:30 pm Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Over the last two decades, we've seen some pretty lame DFW clean air plans produced by the state, but the newest one, scheduled for a public hearing a week from now, may be the most […]

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No one really has any idea what's causing the "swarm" of earthquakes along the Irving Dallas border. What is known is that this is a new phenomenon. None of us who grew up here in the DFW area can ever remember having this kind of problem with the ground shaking – and certainly not with […]

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We must be doing something right.  Last Thursday, Energy in Depth, the national PR arm of the oil and gas industry, singled out Downwinders at Risk for our support of longer setbacks between people and gas industry facilities in Mansfield and other North Texas cities.  EID calls these setbacks, now passed in DISH, Denton, Southlake and Dallas, "defacto bans" because […]

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Building Momentum in Mansfield

by jim on December 5, 2014

Good things come in threes. Lance Irwin, Erick Orsak, and Tamera Bounds proved that again on Wednesday night when they led the Mansfield Gas Well Awareness contingent during the Mansfield City Council's "work session" on rewriting the city's gas drilling ordinance. Combined, they projected just the right mix of competence, skepticism, and experience to combat […]

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Make Your Butt A Force for Good Tonight

by jim on December 3, 2014

Woody Allen is famously credited with the line that "showing-up is 80% of life." With organizing, it's more like 90%. There are at least two places to be tonight where just your butt in a seat will make a huge, positive difference: 1) Mansfield City Council Work Session on a New Gas Drilling Ordinance, 6 […]

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Mansfield City Council Work Session on a New Gas Drilling Ordinance 6 pm, Wednesday, December 3rd Mansfield Performing Arts Center workroom 1110 W Debbie Ln, Mansfield, TX 76063 (map) Denton's successful citizens revolt is off the streets for now and in the courts. The next organized front in the battle over urban gas drilling in […]

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Stephen Linsdey is an entrenched member of the oil and gas industry. In the mid-Oughts he worked for Flowserv, the multinational manufacturer of valves and pumps used at thousands of oil and gas facilities worldwide. From 2007 to 2008 he was put in charge of protecting and developing Iraqi oil fields during the Iraq War. […]

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Because there's been no public polling, it's impossible to know which side is leading in the Great Denton Fracking Vote of 2104 going into Election Day. Indications here and there in news coverage give hints that internal polling by industry shows them behind. But before the count begins tonight, one gets the feeling that even […]

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