Press Statement by FWCanDo, Founder Don Young
Fort Worth Citizens Against Neighborhood Drilling Operations
P.O. Box 470041
Fort Worth, TX 76147
For Release: October 13, 2009
Fort Worth, TX — “ Today, FWCanDo joins hands with Mayor Tillman of DISH, Texas, the Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project and many others in demanding a solution to the toxic emissions from oil and gas infrastructure that are impacting the people of DISH and the Barnett Shale region.
FWCanDo (Fort Worth Citizens Against Neighborhood Drilling Operations) began urging Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and city council members to conduct environmental studies on the impacts of natural gas production in 2005. We were rebuffed with the explanation that, “the State of Texas does not require us to do so.”
With the completion of a Barnett Shale emissions study by Dr. Al Armendariz in January 2009, the release of damaging infrared videos by TCEQ in July and the recent DISH air study, it is now clear:
Natural gas regulations in the State of Texas are inadequate. Public health and safety and the environment are directly harmed by toxic emissions from natural gas production.
Our prayers go out to the people of DISH. We support your right to breathe clean air and raise your families, pets and livestock in a safe environment. FWCanDo will continue encouraging elected officials and regulatory agencies in Texas to halt all natural gas production activities until proper safeguards are in place and that timely and vigorous inspections are carried out.
We believe that the people of the DISH and all Texans deserve much better from the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. We believe they have shown favoritism to the oil and gas industry and failed to protect the environment we call home.
It is now time for that to change.”
Don Young, 817 731 2787