Dave Neumann’s Piggy Bank
One often wonders the roots of someone’s behavior as to why they do the things they do. Since 2008, when the leases were signed for gas drilling in Dallas, it was very interesting to see who would ask questions and who would remain silent. Dave Neumann remained silent until this past summer when the first applications came to light. When the applications came forward, Dave was on the front line encouraging residents to agree that this was a ‘sweetheart deal’ for Dallas. Former mayor, Tom Leppert never said much and on the way out the door of his term, he gave XTO ENERGY an extra 30 months on the lease. Then he left office.
This was not a sweetheart deal but more like a poison apple. So as we watched Dave dither and waffle on the issue, only after some publicity and pressure did he finally say that he was going to put together a panel to study the issue. That was November. It never happened. Still hasn’t. When we start to look through the open records of campaign contributions on the Dallas City Hall web site, we grow more anxious. Here you will see that in 2009, he accepted some money from the gas industry for his campaign. Small? Yes.
The applications were not proposed at the time. 2010 was the year, that those applications were put into the system, so now we wait for about another 30 days to see what Dave received in 2010. Maybe it’s more, maybe it’s less. Whether it’s $2500 or more, is only a small part of the issue. The bottom line, he has not done what he said he would do. He has helped to slow the process, he has told constituents that he does not support a task force and continues to sit silent on the issue. He does not think that the gas drilling is a bad thing for Dallas. He told one constituent while campaigning last week, that “he should not worry, that the gas rig is not going to be in his neighborhood anyway. Four other city council members have now signed on to support Angela Hunt’s proposal for an open and transparent process of establishing a task force to study the effects of gas drilling in Dallas Texas.
Dave Neumann does not support it.