Not Loving Lucy
As you can see in the map, the proposed Chief Energy pad site that will contain 12 gas wells is sitting just across the small North Lake and next door to Valley Ranch. This agreement is between Chief Energy, the City of Dallas, and the owner of Cypress Waters. Cypress Waters is a general partner with Billingsley 380 North GP which is a part of Billingsley Inc.
MAP SHOWING THE GAS SITE ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE, JUST ACROSS THE LAKE FROM VALLEY RANCH
If this sounds familiar, it should as Billingsley is partially owned by none other than Lucy Crow Billingsley. As in daughter of Trammel Crow. Her brother Harlan you remember who owns the Anatole Hotel was in opposition to the construction of the new Omni Hotel in Dallas. Along with her brother Carter, husband Henry, like the Ewing clan of television, the Crow family has deep ties to North Texas and Dallas in particular. Trammel Crow Sr. was Mr. Dallas over the past 60 years.
With their deep ties to Dallas, the Billingsley company started the process of acquiring the land back in 2008 and it was all signed off in 2010. This must have been a BIG deal as the agreement has the signature of Dallas City Hall lead attorney Tom Perkins. And we all know who Tom’s boss is and it’s not the mayor. One can assume the company known as Cypress Waters was created to keep the public in the dark as to who the real owner is.
Look at the document on page 19 at the top of the page where you will see the Billingsley company name. Do a little googling and voila! There it is. You can see on page 20 Joel Overton signed the document. Joel is the lead attorney for Billingsley. HERE HE IS.
In a future posting we will show how the Billingsley company also has interest in another piece of land that has been highlighted for gas drilling. What a legacy the Crow family is creating. The father who had the big ideas and the know how to make Dallas a powerhouse and now the children who want to pollute the environment of the same city. We guess gas drilling is okay for all other neighborhoods other than Highland Park. After all, the air and water inside the Highland Park bubble is very clean. Oh those crazy Crow kids.