This is an uplifting David vs Goliath story.
Raymond Crawford, Actual Citizen, Fought the City on Fracking — and Won
When Dallas’ drilling rules get tougher, you’ll have a professional needlepointer to thank.
By Jim Schutze Thursday, Apr 28 2011
OK, pretend you have to bet money on this. Here’s the set-up. On one hand, you’ve got these huge natural gas drilling companies coming down the road with their gigantic rigs, tons of money and very expensive haircuts.
So here’s what I want you to bet on: There’s this guy who designs needlepoint patterns for a living. If you don’t know what needlepoint is, Google it. No, wait. That’s just going to tell you it’s “a form of counted thread embroidery.” Ask your grandmother instead.
OK, so the needlepoint guy goes to City Hall, the Castle of We-Don’t-Even-See-You, to whup up on the drilling companies with all that money and those haircuts. For some reason he thinks it’s his job to prevent atrocity.
Ladies and gentlemen, please place your bets. Gas? Needlepoint? Who wins?
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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Maybe the Big Gas Mafia should take on a Balerina next, they **might** win that one. Perhaps a butterfly or ladybug. I'm open to other suggestions here.
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." ~ North Texas ballerina fighting shale gas drilling ~ en pointe.
Ward in the Woods says
Needlepoint by a mile. Good
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