Gas Drilling

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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New Encyclopedia of Fracking Harms

by jim on July 21, 2014

Those that keep up with these things know the rate of new information about fracking has increased almost exponentially for the past couple of years. New studies arrive monthly covering a host of subjects – air pollution, water contamination, earthquakes from injection wells, truck traffic, etc. So many it's hard to keep up and get […]

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They just won't take a big fat public "No!", or two, or three, for an answer. We've learned form sources inside City Hall that Trinity East – with a big assist from City of Dallas staff and Mayor Mike Rawlings – is preparing to once again attempt to permit its three proposed drilling and refinery/compressor […]

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(Dallas)—-A local clean air group released a short film of an official Dallas City Plan Commission tour of controversial gas drilling and production sites that it says rebuts the claims made by City Council members during last Wednesday's City Manager’s briefing on parkland drilling that the land is "desolate" and a "wasteland.” Downwinders at Risk […]

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It's hard to put Wednesday's Dallas City Council meeting into words. The level of aggressive ignorance reached heretofore unknown oxygen-gasping altitudes, as a City Manager who intentionally deceived the Council and public for at least five years was compared to Jesus, and meddlesome residents were castigated for being impediments to the real job at hand […]

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When it fracks, it pours. Just as the long-running fight over gas drilling in Dallas explodes into a full-fledged City Hall scandal, here comes a national fracking conference to spotlight how the rush to drill can create more problems than it solves.  On Saturday March 2nd, and Sunday March 3rd, DFW residents have a great […]

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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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Stand Up for the Right to Speak Out The fight over gas drilling in Dallas is now as much a about the democratic process as it is about pollution:  – Public meetings scheduled five days before Christmas in hopes of lowering turnout – Hiding a huge compressor station and gas processing plant that will be […]

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Under the guise of "gas drilling," Dallas City Hall and industry are pressing for approval of a permit that would locate a gas refinery only 600 feet from the new Elm Fork soccer complex, and immediately give birth to one of the ten largest air polluters in the City of Dallas, as well as one […]

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This is a heads-up to all Dallas residents: Dallas City Hall – the building, the people, everything – has climbed into a time machine and traveled all the way back to 2010. This has allowed the City council and staff to ignore citizen demands for a more protective gas drilling ordinance, the defeat of a […]

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Yes Virginia, There is a Pro-Cancer Lobby

by jim on October 7, 2012

The New York Times' Nicolas Kristof, who's established himself as one the nation's leading editorialist on the harms of what he calls "Big Chem," has another excellent piece in the Sunday edition. Using the curious case of Formaldehyde, the carcinogen that isn't one according to the people who make money manufacturing it, Kristoff draws a […]

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RIP: The DMN “Energy and Environment” Blog

by jim on September 19, 2012

We didn't notice it until after the fact, in part because its owners quit noticing some time ago, but the Dallas Morning News' "Energy and Environment" blog is no more. Back in 2006-2007, it started out well enough, fueled by the opposition of the paper and the City of Dallas to Governor Perry's plans to […]

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