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What Price West Dallas?

September 11, 2012

Plans are being made for the redevelopment of West Dallas, home to several gas lease sites between XTO and the City of Dallas.

 XTO Gas Leases in West Dallas total 35.09 acres

300      Toronto

399      Toronto

400      Nomas

500      Nomas

700      McBroom

700      Morris

1100    Bickers

 Singleton and Continental

Pueblo and Herbert

McBroom and Sylvan

Pueblo and Pastor

McBroom and Conroe

 5100 Butternut            23.8 acres      

2800 Shadrack                        0.27 acres

2900 Shadrack                        0.36 acres

Why would there be gas lease sites that are in a neighborhood? A neighborhood slated for big development? Is it for a pad site or mineral rights? Is this how the City of Dallas plans on paying for new development in West Dallas at the expense of residents homes and our environment?

Who is West Dallas Neighborhood Development Corporation? What type of interest do organizations or groups have in mind with regards to West Dallas? Is it all for the greater good or greed?

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How do these two distinctly different plans to generate revenue by the City of Dallas overlap?

Are we all willing to pay the price? At what cost? Dallas City Hall isn’t talking.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2012 5:13 pm

    Who indeed is the West Dallas Neighborhood Development Corporation?

    Let’s all ask around. Maybe starting on Singleton, the new “biz area”?

  2. David Lyles permalink
    March 21, 2012 7:04 am


  3. September 11, 2012 7:03 pm

    Has the bonus money for the leases already been spent?

  4. Julian Fernandez permalink
    September 11, 2012 11:06 pm

    Of course it has been spent, but the money doesn’t matter. Gas wells 200 yards from the Trinity, that matters. The destruction of another stable, mixed-use, low-income neighborhood so that the right people can make a few million dollars, that matters.

    • September 12, 2012 12:18 pm

      It’s clear that Dallas is in a debate with itself. If it weren’t for this transaction in 2007, then Dallas may have a different view about all of it. This is how the shale gas industry has been extremely successful all across the Barnett Shale. They have strategized years out with ways to get their big foot in the door and get cities and citizens tied up in knots about it. The simple truth is it is all smoke and mirrors. It was promoted as a lifesaver by getting us off of foreign oil. But it is not that at all.

  5. September 12, 2012 12:29 pm

    With these leases, West Dallas is already positioned to be the next gasland. Why else would there have been such an energetic discussion from the industry representative Ed Ireland (during the Aug. 1, 2012 Dallas, TX City Council Gas Drilling Briefing) about drilling in flood plains…And how the industry has been drilling in these areas for years?

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