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Trinity East Energy Attempts to Shut Dallas Resident Down

March 11, 2013



Zac Trahan with Texas Campaign for the Environment is being targeted by Trinity East Energy as being a trouble maker who needs to keep his big mouth shut for asking about the drilling disaster on City of Dallas property back in 2009. Trahan wants to know more about the failed casing that occurred in 2009 at the shale gas pad site on which the City of Dallas is listed as a lessor with others. The pad site is located at the University of Dallas campus that currently has numerous land owners including Dallas who has 184 acres of land in the deal..


The City of Dallas is not talking about it, and  still will not admit to being a lessor with 184 acres on this well even though documents show the proof.  A “cease and desiste” letter was sent to Trahan to prevent him from talking about he drilling disaster on 184 acres of Dallas property back in 2009. No one at Dallas City Hall wants to talk about it either.

The City Manager, and the Mayor have refused to talk about this mysterious lease agreement and drilling disaster. The Dallas News ran an article last week about the pad site and the drilling failure.  Silence is still the code word at Dallas City Hall.


Trinity East Energy sent a letter of “cease and desist” to Trahan two weeks ago. After conferring with TCE attorneys, Trahan responded with his own letter to the gas industry attorney. Read below:

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Dallas resident Raymond Crawford who has continued to ask questions about Dallas drilling since 2010 was stunned to hear about the cease and desist letter coming from Trinity East Energy. Crawford has said, there are too many unanswered questions from both Trinity East and Dallas City Hall about this drilling disaster and lease agreement. I can’t understand why they are putting up a wall of silence at City Hall.”


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruth A King permalink
    March 11, 2013 1:08 pm

    Why no independent testing? How could this be done?

  2. March 11, 2013 1:39 pm

    I just erased a comment because they are listening and I have something in the works related not to this but…ooops I can’t say

  3. March 12, 2013 1:32 pm

    The only thing that surprises me is how long it took Trinity East to finally start pulling out the lawyers to shut us up. News flash to Trinity East – WE ARE NOT GOING TO SHUT UP AND WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!

    For over three years several of us have been actively trying to warn city officials that drilling risks contamination of groundwater, surface water, air and soil, human and animal health, property values and public safety. Our warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. The casing failure at UD 1H is precisely the type of problem we have warned about, and now we finally learn that is actually happened here about 4 years ago – and was not publicized.

    Trinity East MUST be required to provide independent, scientific testing to prove that no contamination of groundwater or surface water occurred as a result of their casing failure in Irving, and they should be prohibited from obtaining any SUPs or drilling permits in Dallas at least until this matter is resolved.

    To be sure, resolving this particular matter will NOT end our opposition because of numerous other health and safety concerns owing to the locations of their intended projects in relationship to city parks and the Trinity River, but the very fact that they would seek to use attorneys to silence citizens who are merely questioning the safety and integrity of their operations is a new low for Trinity East in this fight.


  4. Eulaine Hall permalink
    March 12, 2013 7:12 pm

    I don’t like to think of our planet being mutilated by the fractured gas process, but why is it necessary to do it in the middle of a huge metropolitan area with more population exposed to more possible disasters environmentally and physically? Citizens have a right to ask questions and get answers. Trinity East will get no respect from me until it respects my rights, too.

  5. March 19, 2013 10:12 am

    From what I understand University of Dallas is not in Dallas it is in Irving, Texas. Folks in Irving are in the dark about all of this and should also
    be informed

    • March 19, 2013 10:45 am

      Both City of Irving and City of Dallas are involved in this deal. Each city has a stake in the secret deal.

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