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Who’s Your Daddy?

September 1, 2010

Apparently,on it’s Sustainable Development linked web page(that means gas drilling) the city of Dallas, Texas says that big ‘ol Ed Ireland is “big daddy”. Big Ed is the man behind the curtain of sorts for Barnett Shale Energy Education Council. There you will see how the BSEEC says that there is NO PROBLEMS HERE when it comes to high levels of benzene due to natural gas drilling in the mid cities area. You will also see how natural gas has “bailed out the commuter bus system” in Arlington, Texas. See, natural gas has saved us and they protect us all, cause Big Ed is our “daddy”.

But when this guy(he’s not a scientist) tells us that there is no problem, then a scientist says that there is a problem, well….. you get the picture. Ramon Alvarez is a PHD Chemist/Senior Scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund-gulp! Now who’s yo daddy? Even the TCEQ said this:

Air pollution levels exceeded TCEQ’s health-based comparison value for benzene in at least one sample taken in every one of the counties TCEQ tested (Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise). Note that list includes a sample with elevated benzene taken in Tarrant County.

A great and hilarious graphic story of comparing apples to oranges can be found at Bluedaze.

So it is with great concern as the citizens/children of Dallas, that our city has now become rather “close” with Ed Ireland and the BSEEC, by only putting them on the city hall web site. As if there were no other voices to be heard on this subject matter. We’re not insulted. Okay, just a wee bit, but at least you can post this group known as the Texas Oil and Gas AccountabilityProject. They are a home grown, home based activists network of people who only want the  best for their families and communities. Look at their site, if you can’t find something to get involved with, you ain’t looking hard enough. This site deserves to be sitting next to and not underneath BSEEC.

There’s also the North Central Texas Communities Alliance. Although based in Tarrant county, (as if they knew anything) some Dallas folks would say. Well, yeah they do. There’s also Downwinders at Risk. They are the ones that helped to close down those cement kilns in Midlothian. Remember you asthma days Dallas, Ft. Worth, Denton….where’s their medal of honor? There’s many more groups that the city could bring in and learn something about air and water.

The longer the city of Dallas waits to making an “official announcement” that they are pursuing natural gas drilling, the harder it will be for them to answer a lot of tough questions. We still wait for the “real media”(not us, we’ll give up a chair to The Dallas News) to have a sit down with the mayor, the city manager and ask some questions. It is hoped that if and when that meeting occurs, that the city does not bring along their new “daddy”.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2010 11:14 am

    The most important link for any group facing natural gas extraction is Texas OGAP and the Oil and Gas Accountability Project.

  2. Westchester Neighbor permalink
    September 1, 2010 11:24 am

    Seriously, your reporting is a-ok. We need “journalism,” and citizen journalism is immensely better than mediocre journalism from our big print newspapers in D/FW. Don’t underestimate yourself…real news reporting about gas drilling’s ill effects in the Barnett Shale is rare and almost never. And when it is there, they quickly remove it from their online front pages so as not to upset the cash flow. Or so it seems to me.

    • concerned64 permalink
      September 1, 2010 11:28 am

      thanks for the support. safety in numbers, I say!

  3. Westchester Neighbor permalink
    September 1, 2010 11:45 am

    Wow. From your first link:

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Does the drilling harm the environment?

    Drilling for natural gas is more environmentally friendly than drilling for oil. Drilling and extracting natural gas is cleaner. With the advent of directional and horizontal drilling technology, natural gas wells have a much smaller impact on land than oil wells and new drilling techniques are more energy efficient and quieter.

    Extracting gas via horizontal, hydraulic fracturing is “cleaner”? Wow. Nothing clean about any of it. They really do need to do an “update,” on those FAQs.

    But only if they want to be completely up front with all of it for the people.

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