I just want to edit the start of this post to say: IF THE FRACKERS DIDN’T SUCK SO BAD AT DRILLING AND FRACKING, WE WOULDN’T BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION.
UPDATE: News story. Things were moving fast and I was typing on a phone so I probably missed some details.
I’m at the Dallas Drilling Task Force meeting where several angry citizens were just arrested for protesting #fracking in city parks.
Nope, I’m not kidding. The task force is deliberating drilling in city parks. Dallas wants to be just like Fort Worth.
Update: Terry Welch just made an impassioned plea to save the parks but the task force voted to drill baby drill.
Paraphrasing Welch: He wants to protect parkland. Drilling in parkland would make is unusable. No city ever says they have too much parkland so let’s get rid of some. We have a finite amount of parkland, even if it’s not used now there are future uses–dog parks, inline skating, marathon locale…)
Update: Biegler is discussing rolling back the setbacks. They want to protect the mineral owner and maybe “1% of the people are affected.” The mineral owner is the city so the citizens are sacrificed for the city’s minerals.
Now Terry Welch is arguing for a more protective setback. He reminds people that years ago “No one would have thought there would be that many health effects,” or property value declines. “Why should I take a reduction in property value?” “The science is conflicting” once the wells are there they will stay there and “if we guess wrong we affect a whole lot of people for a long time.”
Thank you Terry!
They vote to not change the starting measurement point from the operation site. I don’t think they needed a vote for that but okay.
They vote to make the ending measurement the protected use not the boundary. So they reduced the set back. They will now measure from your house not your fence. Maybe this is for non protected uses not homes.
Beigler wants a 300′ set back from all uses.
They are going to vote on each use to decide if it is protected. Unreal! The winners get a 1000′ setback the losers get 300′.
The losers are:
golf courses (there is a permit to drill near a country club. So country club members will need to stay in the club house. No more lying out at the pool.)
Offices smaller than 10,000′.
Auto service centers
Commercial parking lot
Motor vehicle service center
The gas guy sitting in front of me said. “Gasboys don’t think a barber shop or tattoo parlor should be protected.”
Cherelle Blazer: if you work somewhere for 8 hours a day you should be protected.
Beigler: tax the citizens for their cars not the drillers for their emissions.
DALLAS FRACKS SMALL BUSINESS AND PARKS!!!
Now they are considering changing the setback. 1000′ or 750′ or 500′ or 250′..
Terry: we keep lowering the bar.
Aside: this is what happens when you stack the task force with industry insiders.
Council can grant a 500′ setback with a super majority.
Beigler is still arguing about what is a habitable structure. He wants to remove the 300′ setback for habitable structures that are not protected uses. I think… So if you live close to a non protected use, your setback is about to get whacked!
It is obvious that Beigler is fighting for some particular location where they want to drill.
Passed; 300′ from the structure for non protected uses.
Next up: setbacks from future/new development.
Wells have to be recorded on a city website. (But most buyers will not know to look.)
With the SUP that comes with the well, all homes within the buffer will be in a new district called a drilling district. The houses will be in a drilling district just like an historic district.
Now fences. Sorry, I didn’t have the attention span for fences.