I haven’t said much on this blog about the Denton drilling panel/task force.
Saturday we learned the City had chosen their panel, and the “likely” winners are…
- Darren Groth, the city’s gas well administrator;
- Karen Moss, who works for the oil and gas engineering firm New Tech Global in Fort Worth;
- Eastern Research Group, the company performing Fort Worth’s air quality study;
- Ed Ireland, executive director of the industry-funded Barnett Shale Energy Education Council;
- Tom LaPoint, an environmental researcher; and
- Vicki Oppenheim, an urban planner.
The city attorney’s office initially presented some names to council members in a confidential memo in late May, according to a June 17 memo from Campbell to council members.
Asked why task force updates were sent through memos, instead of presented in public meetings, the city replied: “The City Manager’s Office and City Attorney’s Office were simply keeping the City Council apprised of an on-going staff project, which included privileged information. The [city attorney’s] report contained attorney-client communications, and incidentally mentioned some of the potential members in that context.”
What’s with the secrecy? Where they scared to tell us they put an industry paid liar in a position to decide about our health and safety?
Thursday we learned the city is getting some “flak” about some of their choices. I can’t imagine why. Can you?
Denton resident Sharon Wilson, a regional organizer for environmental group Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project, questioned whether the panel’s technical representatives would deliver the expert advice city leaders say they want.
“Karen Moss … has a vested interest in keeping the industry happy because that’s who she works for,” Wilson said. “Ed Ireland is a public relations man. He is not a technical person, and his job depends on making the industry look good.”
And today we were treated to this beauty:
One particular sentence made me laugh out loud. I’ll let you guess which one.