Mike Rawlings

Gets a lot of things right, but also leaves out a lot, like floodplains, air pollution, compressor stations, and full disclosure. The next City Plan Commission meeting on the drafting of the new ordinance is at 9 am,Thursday July 11th at Dallas City Hall in 5ES on the fifth floor. They're due to talk about […]

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Rebuking city attorneys, the Dallas City Plan Commission agreed on Thursday to require 1500 foot setbacks, or buffer zones from gas wells to "protected uses" such as homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, recreation areas, and parks.  A waiver to get as close as 1000 feet would have to come with a three-fourths vote by the City […]

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This went out at 12 noon today…. Mary Suhm’s Revenge: Pretending Last 7 Months of Public Outrage Didn’t Happen,City Staff Writing New Gas Drilling Ordinance Allowing Twice-Denied Trinity East Permits To Get Approved (Dallas)—Citing what they say is a blatant disregard for the consensus that’s formed after intense public debate, homeowner and environmental groups accused […]

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With the election of Philp Kingston and Rick Callihan, the new edition of the Dallas City Council is complete. The good news is that the last six months of hand-to-hand civil combat over the Trinity East gas permits seems to have paid-off in expanding the number of gas drilling opponents to at least six members […]

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How Mary Suhm Fracked Herself

by Downwinders on May 17, 2013

When you take on polluters, you take on the government that lets them pollute. The two are intertwined. On Thursday, Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm announced that she was resigning. Just about every news account of her announcement connected it to a series of missteps over the last several years, most prominently, the February disclosure […]

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A Dallas Drilling Scandal Primer

by Downwinders on February 10, 2013

Thanks to everyone who turned out last Thursday for the (abbreviated) public hearing on the Trinity East "zombie" gas permits before the City Plan Commission. Our apologies to those of you who were not allowed to speak by the arbitrary too-soon ending of the hearing. It was one more example of a process gone off […]

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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 Downwinders 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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Zombie Gas Permits on the March Again

by Downwinders on February 4, 2013

Public (re)-Hearing on the Last Three Dallas Gas Sites.……including the newly-discovered "Rawlings Gas Refinery" This Thursday 1:00 pm Dallas City Hall 6th Floor City Council Chambers Press Conference followed by City Plan Commission Mtg This is the "do-over" hearing demanded by the Mayor in order to win approval of these permits – after the first […]

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Magical Mystery Tour: Then vs Now

by Downwinders on January 30, 2013

Dallas city staff are trying very hard to persuade the City Plan Commission to reverse their December 20th denial of the three Trinity East gas drilling and production sites. So hard, they engineered a "reconsideration vote" to overturn that denial, now scheduled for 1:30 pm February 7th – next Thursday. So hard, they're flip-flopping on […]

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“That Deal is Cut”

by Downwinders on January 23, 2013

An op-ed from today's Dallas Morning News….. There’s a moment in Woody Allen’s Bananas when the newly empowered dictator goes from deliverer to deranged. “All children under 16 years old are now … 16 years old,” he blithely declares. “The official language is now Swedish.” We laugh because the decrees are at such odds with […]

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Where Were You?

by Downwinders on January 10, 2013

When the City of Dallas Decided ….to either let a vote stand, or steal it ….to defend air quality, or approve a new refinery that will be a top ten polluter ….to protect parks and floodplains, or make them industrial sites ….to listen to its residents, or a single gas company The City Plan Commission […]

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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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