Mansfield

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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There was at least one truth uttered by Steve Everley, the professional PR spokesperson for Energy in Depth, itself the PR arm of the Gas Industry, during his testimony at last Thursday's EPA ozone standard hearing in Arlington: "…natural gas producers will be significantly impacted by EPA’s proposal to reduce the National Ambient Air Quality […]

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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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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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(Mansfield)— A new group of Mansfield residents is sponsoring what’s believed to be the first DFW presentation by a medical doctor on the health effects of fracking as part of a campaign to re-write the city’s six-year old drilling ordinance they say no longer reflects the best science, or provides enough public protection.   Mansfield […]

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Ever since winning the Dallas Gas Wars in December of last year, Downwinders at Risk and our partners at the Texas Campaign for the Environment have been looking for a place and time to take the responsible drilling fight deeper into the Barnett Shale. We're glad to announce that we're teaming up with the newly […]

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