Several decision makers have mineral leases with Williams. I don’t know what to think about this: One council member with a conflict actually spoke for tabling the decision.
Although he didn’t vote, council member Dondrea addressed the planning commission and council during the joint public hearing. Dondrea recommended that the council delay a decision to make sure the company’s proposal had enough detail to ensure residents’ health and safety.
Local public officials aren’t supposed to vote on or discuss matters in which they have a financial interest considered “substantial” under the Texas Local Government Code. In his disclosure statement, Dondrea, a lawyer, wrote that his lease with Williams doesn’t constitute a substantial interest, but that he would abstain “to avoid any appearance of impropriety.”
My favorite quote:
“The sky is not falling if we drill for gas,” resident Rick Anderson said.
How do they come up with this original material?