Sigh. I don’t want to say much about this.
It’s not all bad. Yet. Chris Watts saved the day with a few amendments that will make drilling in Denton more challenging. You can read about the amendments HERE. In looking back over the past four years of watching the council, my opinion is, of the lot, Chris Watts would make the best mayor. He has come a long way.
Compressor stations are allowed in Denton but they are going to be regulated. The question is how in the bloody hell do you regulate a compressor station. No toxic emissions allowed past XXX feet? Oh! Landscaping is required so, whew.
The most disturbing thing is the way Darren Groth, gas well administrator, misrepresents and gives false information. I will have to watch the video of his presentation at least once more because it’s jam-packed with falsehoods. Here are three things I remember off the top of my head at this late hour:
- Flaring is not a part of the green completions. The EPA is allowing flaring to continue until 2015 but only because industry threw a fit and claimed the necessary equipment was not available. TCEQ does not regulate flaring. For that matter, neither does the RRC. It’s a rubber stamp permit.
- Why on earth did he single out class II injection wells? There is something very fishy about what he said on that part.
- Why require closed loop systems and allow pits?
I know there is a lot more.
The DAG group decided to do a very minor (one woman called it tender) act of civil disobedience by not yielding when our three minutes was up. Then, at the last minute, some who agreed changed their minds. I didn’t intend it this way but I was called as the third speaker so I was the first to refuse to yield and was escorted out by the kind officer who has watched this all unfold for the past four years. I felt terrible for him and apologized . I said that he was only doing his job and I was doing mine.
Some of the younger students made personal attacks in their comments. I don’t approve of that but I understand their anger. There is no doubt that the entire process was badly bungled but I didn’t like the personal attacks.
There was one comment that I will never forget.
It was interesting to see the different reactions by the council members and mayor and even more interesting to read Kevin Rhoden’s reaction on Twitter. Complaining about people who call names then calling other people names… When I first starting doing this, I had thin skin too but then I grew up.
Denton has the nicest police officer and police chief I’ve even met. And I know police officers because my grandfather was a detective.
This is not over.