Tomorrow Night in Far West Oak Cliff, Mayor and Council Candidates Tackle Gas Drilling

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Hey, Dave, how you feelin' about tomorrow night's debate over gas drilling?
Not sure if there's more fun to be had this election season than at the North Texas GLBT Chamber's mayoral forum tonight, moderated by both Robert and Schutze -- but tomorrow night in far western Oak Cliff sure might come close.

That's where all four candidates for mayor, plus District 3 council candidates Dave Neumann and Scott Griggs, will have their say on urban gas drilling, and whatever else the Mountain Creek crowd can throw at them.

The night's organizers, Ed and Claudia Meyer, are relative newcomers to the politics game who've received a crash course in civics since last fall, when they discovered XTO Energy's plans to put a gas drilling pad site near their home.

Ed says only 10 homes had been notified of the company's application for an SUP to drill near Joe Pool Lake -- just the ones within the thousand-foot area required to get it, but there weren't any signs posted in public. "There's over 2,000 homes here, and only 10 homes got the notice," Ed Meyer says.

So tomorrow night, the Meyers will host the two-hour forum at Harmony School of Nature and Athletics on Camp Wisdom Road, just a few thousand feet from that proposed site. Ten neighborhood groups are teaming up to put on the event, which the Meyers say is a first for the community.

"We decided it's time the mayoral candidates need to know where Mountain Creek is. We're so far away from downtown Dallas, we sometimes feel like we're forgotten," Ed says.

The two say they were especially frustrated last fall, when concerned residents started calling their council member about XTO's proposal, but heard hardly anything back from City Hall. "We didn't get much response from Dave Neumann -- he failed to take a position," Claudia says. That's not a problem for them today, though -- they say Neumann just confirmed this morning that he'd make it to their debate.

The forum's scheduled for 7 p.m., as soon as the mayoral candidates can make it over from the Kleberg Community Development Corporation's forum scheduled to end at 6:30.

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Wasn't Ed Meyer's name listed on Neumann's literature as a supporter?

matilda of tuscany
matilda of tuscany

Thanks to Ed and Claudia for exposing the truth (about XTO and Neumann's lack of disclosure) and having the courage to take a stand about this important issue in a larger arena. It's not just NIMBY, it's something all of us in the region should learn about and take a stand against--regional air pollution and water sustainability impacts all of us.

Patrick Michels
Patrick Michels

That's "far west" as in, "very much to the west," not "Far West Oak Cliff," like I'm trying to sell postcards for the place. It's been a pretty common way of describing the neighborhood all through the debate over XTO's proposals.


You missed the south part. I'm not sure how much it qualifies as Oak Cliff - other than there's a lot of oaks and several cliffs.


The confusion about how to define this area of Dallas is a big factor in why the gas operators targeted it. It is definitely Dallas. However, it has more often than not been defined as southwestern Dallas County. Like it's "out there" and not really part of the City. With this issue...the southwestern part of Dallas (the City) has arrived. Best wishes to everyone tonight. The Meyers are great people. They are passionate about their neighborhood and their City and want to protect them both. This is good.

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