Oral Skills Needed at Dallas City Hall on Wednesday
The public is being invited by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to come down to the microphone on Wednesday, December 4th, 9 am in the Briefing Room, 6E South and use their best skills at talking to the Mayor and council about gas drilling in Dallas. The Mayor had previously decided that December 11th would be an ideal day for public comment and possible vote on the new gas drilling ordinance. Evidently, the Mayor had a “light bulb” moment and decided the day after Thanksgiving would be perfect to announce a second day of public comment. December 11th is still on for public comment and vote. We suppose he figured that more people would be reading the City of Dallas web site on Black Friday morning in order to get that information rather than spend time with family or beating the crowds to Walmart.
At the crux of the matter, council members Jerry Allen, Tennell Atkins, Rick Calahan, Sheffie Kadane have all stated that they think having gas drilling inside Dallas on your street is a good thing. Jerry thinks that no one will ever have “two headed babies” as a result from drilling emissions. Tennell thinks the power of the “dolla”says “holla” to all those who want to do betta. Sheffie is fine with drilling on the west side of Dallas because it’s not going to be on his turf located on the east side near White Rock Lake. Currently, the proposed gas drilling ordinance has a set back distance of 1500 feet from residents and business. Those 4 council members think that the number should be lower and closer is not going to do any harm to anyone or anything. They have never stated what facts they have to back up their comments other than the embarrassing statements they continue to make at City Hall.
Trinity East Energy’s Tom Blanton wants to build a gas compressor facility next door to the Elm Fork Soccer Complex currently being constructed on the northwest side of Dallas. By having this facility in operation, the company would then be able to link up operating wells and future pad sites to create a large pipeline network here in our midst. Compressor stations like this are known to have 24/7 dangerous emissions and leaks. These emissions are believed to be part of the problem with North Texas escalating cancer and respiratory rates.