Skip to content

Someone is Lying at Dallas City Hall

January 29, 2013

lying

parkland

From the beginning when it was revealed in 2008 that the City of Dallas had embarked into a  lease agreement with the gas industry, questions about ethics and legalities have continued to hang on to the topic. Dallas City Hall leaders continue to dodge questions, and continue to encourage Dallas City Hall employees that to not approve the application would amount to a lawsuit. The first of many lies.

Now, it can be revealed that someone at Dallas City Hall is lying about the ability to drill on Dallas park land. Currently, it is illegal. Always has been. In 2008, Trinity East Energy signed a lease agreement with Mary Suhm, Dallas City Manager, to be allowed to apply for shale gas exploration on Dallas park land. No guarantees on paper that this would be a quick deal to lay some pipe into Dallas are written on any public document. If it exists, we haven’t seen it.

On Thursday, January 31st at 8 am, the City of Dallas will continue it’s program of ‘re education’ of the Dallas City Planning Commission by showing them the Trinity East Energy land in question that lays next door to the new Elm Fork Soccer Complex. To have this gas refinery next door to the Soccer Complex amounts to a new ‘dead zone’. In September 2012, the City of Dallas kicked out Weir Brothers Rocking crushing  business because of it’s proximity next door to the Soccer Complex. The Trinity East Energy proposed site for the gas refinery is 50 feet further out. The drilling pad site would sit next door.

City Council member Sheffie Kadane even said about the rock crushing plant: “We’re gonna have kids form all over the world coming to that complex, and we don’t want that next door.”

Some is lying at Dallas City Hall.

CITY

View this document on Scribd

LEASE AMENDMENTS SHOWING AGREEMENTS BETWEEN CITY OF DALLAS AND TRINITY EAST SAYING: YOU CAN’T DRILL ON PARK LAND UNLESS THE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO ALLOW IT.

THE DALLAS CITY COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON THIS TOPIC ON FEBRUARY 13TH AT DALLAS CITY HALL

View this document on Scribd

JANUARY 10, 2012 LETTER FROM DALLAS COTHRUM SAYING THAT CITY STAFF TOLD TRINITY EAST THAT DRILLING IS ALLOWED ON DALLAS PARK LAND. IF DENIED, HE THREATENS TO SUE. READ THE BOTTOM OF THE FIRST PAGE, NUMBER (2).

View this document on Scribd

SOMEONE

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2013 7:22 pm

    TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
    “(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”
    If they drill on public property-this should be a no no

  2. January 30, 2013 9:33 am

    In the Amendment of Oil and Gas Leases shown above there are obvious additional lies being proffered by the City of Dallas that prove that credibility is NOT on its side.

    The above agreement states that a second amendment was made on August 15, 2008, which reduced the size of the original lease by many acres and parcels, and that “this lease is for a term of sixty-six (66) months from this date (called the Primary Term)…”

    In fact, the original lease was for only 36 months, and the City Council Briefing of February 6, 2008, titled “City of Dallas Gas Drilling & Production Leases” stipulated in Lease Details on Page 14, “Trinity East Energy will also have a 3 – year extension option, but they must
    pay the lease bonus again.”

    The amendment is dated July 1, 2011, almost three years after the original lease was agreed upon, and at that time the City Council violated its own stipulation that an extension would require Trinity East to again pay the lease bonus when it granted a 30-month extension at no cost, thereby cheating the citizens of Dallas out of revenues for leases of city-owned property which is the property of the citizens, and NOT of the City Council.

    This was an Ex Post Facto revision of the original lease agreement made for the purpose of preventing a potential lawsuit against the city for denying SUPs and drilling permits when Trinity East had waited until their leases were about to expire before asking for those permits, which the city was NOT obligated to grant, and which are specifically prohibited by current existing city ordinances in Dallas Development Code Chapter V, Section 51-A-5.103.1, Section 51-A-5.104 and Chapter XI, Section 42.3.1E (iii), which chapters and sections specifically prohibit drilling on city-owned park land and in the floodplains of the Trinity River.

    Dallas citizens deserve honesty and good stewardship from our elected and appointed leaders. Instead, what we get is corruption, backroom deals and illegal actions taken by our City Council and City Plan Commission for the benefit of out-of-town corporations at the expense of Dallas citizens who are taxpayers funding operation of city government.

  3. January 30, 2013 9:45 am

    There is another lie being told on this matter that needs to be revealed. In a public hearing on December 20, 2012, Dallas Cothrum of Masterplan Consultants, the PR firm representing Trinity East Energy in its SUP applications, told the Dallas City Plan Commission that the City of Dallas would receive revenues for ANY gas produced from wells drilled in the City of Dallas. He called statements by those opposing gas wells in Dallas well intentioned, but misleading and factually incorrect. That was a bald-faced LIE!

    According to the Amendment of Oil and Gas Leases dated July 1, 2011 shown above, item (3) stipulates that “paying quantities” is defined as “revenues from the well exceed the well’s operating costs by at least fifteen percent (15%) over any given consecutive one (1) year period.”

    Natural gas is currently selling for about 30% of its breakeven cost for production, and will probably not reach its breakeven cost for at least a decade, and possibly never. Therefore, it the agreement stipulates that the City of Dallas will receive royalties only when the operating costs of a well are exceeded by at least 15%, then for all practical purposes the City of Dallas will NEVER receive a penny from gas production because the wellhead market price would have to quadruple to equal production cost plus 15%, and that is not going to happen anytime soon!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: