Yee haw,Dallas wins! Ron has conflicts. Dave looks pale.
Today was FULL of surprises at Dallas City Hall. Things got off to a start at 1 p.m. with the 30 month extension for XTO. Councilman Dwaine Caraway thought that the 30 month extension was too excessive given the fact that XTO already had 3 years to apply and waited late. He also said, that 1000 is probably too close for anyone and maybe it should be farther away! Mr. Caraway, you are right. Applause to you. Councilmember Kadane disagreed. Sheffie, you’re wrong. Mayoral hopeful Ron Natinsky was not present due to conflicts. Hey Ron! How much did they contribute? Hmmmm? Do we need a mayor who has ‘conflicts’ because of his connections to EXXON? Think about that.
Councilmember Caroline Davis said that the whole idea was bad and would vote no for this extension. She did. Kisses for you. Councilmember Angela Hunt said that we need to slow down, protect our environment, do the research because there are too many unanswered questions. Angela, you rock. Tom Leppert and Mary Suhm were pretty quiet. Imagine that with the $34 million already spent.
When it came time for the application itself most of the speakers were there to remind Councilmember Dave Neumann about his task force idea he had back in the Fall. He had this look on his face that showed he wished he had never mentioned it. The more we reminded him, the sicker he looked, and the louder the applause came from our section. Now, he has to do it. He proposed that all gas topics are off the table for now until at least October 26th. He wants only the facts and not the hysteria. As we have told him in the past, if you can find any reports where it says the gas drilling is now safer than it has been or that the air is not polluted from gas drilling, show it to us. He will never find it.
We guess that’s why he has that pale,sick look on his face now. He knows fully well that there is no good news to report from the world of gas drilling. Not now, or October. He knows that he is going to have to form a task force that is going to ask questions and is going to bring out the truth for everyone to see. From toxins in the blood, polluted air to a polluted Trinity River, we were there to remind the city that we all drink the same water and we all breathe the same air.
Hey Dallas, you can breathe easy for now.