HB 3105 will be a disaster for Barnett Shale municipalities because it strips away all authority of municipal drilling ordinances. I http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifthink you need to know who voted for this disaster.
This is what I was told by Myra Crownover’s Chief of Staff:
Crownover – NO
Davis – YES
Keffer – YES
Sheffield – YES
Craddick – YES
There was one other yes but I don’t have the name. If you find out, please add it in a comment.
Please call your rep today and tell them to vote no on HB 3105.
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Austin balks about "local control" and "States rights", then takes local control away from the cities. At least we know who the real hypocrites are, the politicians/lawyers in Austin caving into special interests against cities like Keller, Southlake, and Flower Mound a hotbed of libera….oh wait, conservative voters. I guess they are content to screw over EVERYONE on this one. Keep digging in your heels for the most hated industry on the face of the planet, I'm sure it will work out for ya in the long run.
Crooked politicians at work–all BBO's.
And Grand Prairie. My goodness, it's incredibly conservative. Disagreeing with the O&G industry is an amazing new concept. Seeing them up close in our neighborhoods has shown us the ugliness of this industry.
Stefani Carter is the other "Yes" vote. First-term Republican from Dallas. Called her office to confirm that, yesterday.
Don Young says
Wendy Davis voted YES???
Heck no! Wendy Davis is not on that committee and she would never vote yes for this!
–Thanks, I knew I was forgetting one! Maybe Austin will finally learn that health and property values are non-partisan issues.
The REAL NIMBY's are in Austin.
Bruce Hanson II says
I had missed this bill when I was scanning what the energy committee was reviewing. I would certainly have requested a resolution against this from our council.
We did pass resolutions supporting HB 2125 and 2126 – of course they are still languishing in committee, and I think I can see why.
I hope the people that read this blog realize that from here it is essential (massively important!) to contact your own state representative and state senator and tell them to vote no to this junk, and tell your friends to so also.
We spent 6 months working on an ordinance to protect our citizens in Corinth, and if this passes, it would be gutted.
After giving this issue a long train of thought–I'm wondering if some of the local guvment juntas(such as in Booger County) are not in favor of this bill–It will be their perfect excuse for not opposing big O&G (and other polluters)! Just wondering?
@Anonymous 11:47 PM: That's what they want the communities to think. Kind of like Big O&G will take care of you. It's all twisted. When it gets down to it…Home Rule is the crux of this. Do Cities want to give that up? If they do, then they will be all for HB 3105 or any other bills that look like it. It will stick the fork in any local control of gas drilling operations. Over and out.
A lot of this junk shale gas drilling legislation is coming from conservative Republicans who are bought and paid for by O&G and Big Gas. Listening to some of them on the House Floor…they have no clue what they are talking about.
@Bruce Hanson; It's a deceptive bill. Easily overlooked at first glance. It really is the trump card…wiping out any local control by posing as a bill that will "protect" cities from being sued by mineral owners because of locally imposed ordinances.
But truly, city ordinances are being written to "protect" the residential citizens from all of this. This bill strips all of that power away from cities. All to the benefit of the Shale Gas Operators who need and want very little resistance to their drilling activities.
They are still doing what they always do…trying to divide and conquer. I just get sick of all this stuff about minerals trumping everything else in life.
The O&G Industry wants people to think of O&G as a religion…especially with the way they speak so reverently of our "mineral estate."
Can we do a recall on Carter and get her out of Austin? This one is a 'dirty kitty' if there ever was one.
I hear that she is on the payroll for Chief Oil and Gas. I can hear it now…. 'oh Trevor, you're the Chief!'