Fort Worth council wants “Best Practices” for oil and gas drilling.
“I think we definitely want to adopt best practices,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “And we definitely want to send the message to [the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality] that we want those inspections done and to maintain that oversight.”
But, what do “Best Practices” even look like? Has anyone seen “Best Practices” in practice? We used to say “Best Practices” but that was before we knew as much about urban drilling as we know now, which is that we don’t know enough to know what “Best Practices” are. Now I’m wondering: Are “Best Practices” a pipe dream
Because, I sure haven’t seen “Best Practices.”
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Don Young says
I have caught a lot of flak over the years for Just Saying No. It was and is a no-brainer. IMO drilling, mining and a few other industrial activities CANNOT be done safely anyplace, especially in a big ass city like FW. The concept of Best Practices is like Santa Claus, you wish it to be true but… So now it’s just a phrase co-opted by industry and their pols in their never-ending quest to convince us that Santa Claus is real.