Denton does it right, Dallas does it wrong
The city of Denton, Texas has a $420,000 budget for a gas well program that would enable the city to hire a manager, two field inspectors, and a administrative assistant. The city says that the program will pay for itself due to fees on the gas industry. For more information, click here.
Denton, Texas is doing it right.
So far, the city of Dallas, Texas which is a little larger in population and budgets, still has yet to hire any of these positions. One has to assume, they have no plans to include that office within it’s new budget. One would think they have the money. They cashed that $34 million check back in 2008. So, show us the money! Currently, if you have any questions, you are to call the building inspector. So we would assume once again, that the person who inspects the ceiling at the local taco stand is the same guy who would inspect a natural gas well? Please correct us if we are wrong.
Also, the last time we checked, the current Dallas gas ordinance says that a gas rig can be installed as close as 300 feet to your home. No air monitors are required. No soil or air testing is planned. We’re not making this stuff up. We can only hope that the gas ordinance(which is a cut and paste nightmare to begin with) will be rewritten before they decide to vote on approval come October 21st. What’s the chance that will happen?
Truth really is stranger than fiction.