As you can see from theTexas OGAP created interactive map, TCEQ Barnett Shale Formation Monitoring Project – Phase I and Phase II, Flower Mound was not one of the testing locations. Why would Flower Mound Councilman Steve Dixon claim his vote was based on state testing?
Flower Mound Councilman Steve Dixon said he opposed the moratorium because preliminary data from the state commission and drillers didn’t show any high levels of contaminants from the current wells in Flower Mound.
“I truly believe there are some wells in the Barnett Shale that are polluting, and I encourage those leaders to issue moratoriums,” Dixon said. “If we had data that any of the wells in Flower Mound showed harmful levels, I would have voted for the moratorium.”
I think the Star-Telegram reporter could have easily looked up this important fact and included it in the article.
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That statement is stupid as hell. What, does he think that wells don't leak just because they're within the city limits of Flower Mound?
Another question: Why didn't the reporter and editor do a quick fact check?
Is there a link to the article?
Duh! Thanks for the prompt. I added the LINK.
Jovan Gonzales says
Hahahaha. Another stupid Texas politician makes himself known. I'm a little butt hurt though, because I always thought FM was pretty environmentally savvy, seems like they WANT to further that image by testing. Maybe they didn't want to test because the wells would be polluting and the city leaders didn't want to have to punish a big tax producer (which makes me wonder if FM is really as green as they say they are?).
Butt hurt? That's a prize winning typo!
Some of the Flower Mound leaders have leases with Williams which seems like a conflict of interest.
FM is run by a very few elite businesses/land owners. At least 2of the members take all of their direct cue's direclty from those elite. The same thing plays out in municipalities all around, except may DISH, where they all have a pair.
No surprise. Nearly all locals in Tx are BBO's.