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Dallas City Hall Staff: “We wouldn’t have that.”

January 8, 2013



December 20th found gas industry rep. Dallas Cothrum sweating hard and selling the shale gas processes to the Dallas City Planning Commission. He massaged numbers, he told half truths, he even told lies all the way through his presentation with little or no data to back his claims.

One interesting and yet bold statement he made was the amount of pollution that the compressors would put into the atmosphere on a 24/7 basis. All pad sites must have line compressors as sort of a ‘booster’  in order to push the gas into the the transportation lines to travel to the processing plants.


BUT what Cothrum is not telling us is that Trinity East is planning on building a 6900 square foot GAS COMPRESSOR FACILITY featuring a minimum of 3 buildings, a reboiler facility. Basically, they want to buil a mini refinery. Compressors leak. Always have. Always will. How much? Cothrum said on December 20th only”25 tons of pollution a year.” 25 tons.The Planning Commission knows NOTHING ABOUT THIS FACILITY.

So on Monday, January 7th, 2013, Downwinders at Risk representative Jim Schermbeck made a call to the Office Of Environmental Quality at Dallas City Hall to get their views on Cothrums statements. Please read the conversation below between Schermbeck and City Hall Staff.

compressorstation1                                                                 TYPICAL COMPRESSOR STATION


Cothrum is a liar, and he does not know what he is talking about compressor emissions. Cothrum is a ‘merchant of contamination’ for North Texas residents. A native son of Dallas, selling his soul and the lives of others to the shale gas industry. But he is not alone. Others at Dallas City Hall have already made that same transaction. Watch on Thursday January 10th at 1:30, to see how they vote.You will know.

On January 23, watch how the City Council votes. Watch who votes  with the industry. Then you will know who sold you out. Cothrum’s transaction is complete. Others are complete, others are still undecided. For a fee.

Members of the Dallas City Hall Staff at the Office of Environmental Quality are clueless as to compressor emissions as well. A deadly mix of omissions, commissions, and a lack of soulness.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth Ann King permalink
    January 8, 2013 11:10 am

    Is this story in the DMN? In the Dallas Observer? Amazing and appalling emissions and commissions. Hope Jim Schitze gets on it! If ever there was an “unfair park,” this is one, also!

    • Ruth Ann King permalink
      January 8, 2013 11:11 am

      That’s Schutze-edit me!!!

  2. January 8, 2013 1:53 pm

    It’s a public utility. Regarding shale gas drilling in urban and suburban settings, case law has NOT said otherwise. The city knows this. Dallas Cothrum knows this. This is what happens when they know the laws and have the money to keep them from changing. LIttle authority is given to municipalities with regard to writing ordinances controlling the pipeline parts and pieces to get the gas processed and on its way to market. With our state politicians under the spell of big oil and big gas as this 83rd TX legislative session commences…obtaining state laws to keep this from happening are worthy of pursuing, but are they still a pipe dream? Laws have been proposed previously…without success.

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