Dallas's Gas Drilling Task Force to Begin Meetings With Overview From Fort Worth

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This morning the city posted the agenda for the first-ever meeting of the Gas Drilling Task Force, which kicks off Tuesday at 2 p.m., don't be late. The agenda's mostly a bunch of introductory what-whats: Chair Lois Finkelman will give some opening remarks, outline its scope and schedule, review the existing ordinances and review Trinity East and XTO's requests to drill baby drill and wrap it up 'round 4:30.

But in the midst of that, Dallas's task force will get a lesson in gas drilling from Fort Worth -- Rick Trice, to be specific, a Planning and Development assistant director in charge of the city's gas drilling and leasing. A longtime employee with the city -- some 30 years -- the engineer will be the first to tell he's relatively new to the "contentious" world of gas drilling. "But it's been quite a learning experience," he tells Unfair Park this afternoon.

Trice was invited to speak to Dallas's task force based upon a 101 he gave the North Central Texas Council of Governments a couple of months ago. And, he says, he "doesn't get into the regulatory environment" concerning gas drilling, "except to get into who regulates what, like the Railroad Commission, and what cities can regulate, at least the way our city has interpreted it."

And he certainly won't touch on the furor over gas drilling that's erupted in Fort Worth in recent months, including last week's news that some 68 percent of the gas drilling wells in Fort Worth leak. Trice says Fort Worth presently has "about 1,800, 1,900 gas wells on over 500 sites."

"I will say this: I've heard our council say many times that it really is a balance," he says. "You have the owner's perspective and quality-of-life impact. And maintaining that is a fine line. That's the position councils get to make every week -- what that impact is."

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Alpone
Alpone

What about gas grilling? Is that ok?

Home Rule
Home Rule

You know, Mr. Trice sounds like so many city employees when they speak of the "balance"...mentioning the Fort Worth City Council (in the article's last paragraph) as if they have some sort of "wisdom" about all of it.  Actually, if that's how they see it, then they're wrong. And he's wrong.

A municipalities' Gas Drilling Ordinance should be about Zoning (with NO WAIVERS) and Land Use along with Safety and Protection of the Citizens. Mineral owners shouldn't be included in that discussion. As a good friend of mine from Fort Worth recently told me, "We would never allow pig farms in our neighborhoods...but shale gas drilling, is perfectly fine."

Mr. Trice is a city employee and apparently admits that "at least that's how Fort Worth has interpreted the regulations." BINGO.. Home Rule Gone Wild. How can he really be candid with all of this? We know that there are problems with shale gas drilling in our N. TX communities...but is that how Fort Worth sees it? Do you want the Assistant to the Designer of the Titanic to offer opinions about building the next big ship? Why in the world would you do that, Dallas?

Hogangaryfwtx
Hogangaryfwtx

The main problem with inviting any of the staff from Fort Worth to express an opininion on Gas Drilling is They all have worked under the regime of Mayor Mike Moncrief who was the chosen to slick gas drilling into Fort Worth , has proved to be their loyal supporter, has supplied the right amount of encouragement to staff to make them understan what they needed to advance at FW City Hall and that was not by getting in the way of the likes of Chesapeake< XTO ,Ranger Resources and the like.  Oh yes in Fort Worth we say thinks like " We need to strike a delicate balance " and "  We Do it The Fort Worth Way "  a once clever snub to Dallas politics. Dallas Fort Worth did it  wrong on Gas. We have wells as close as 200 ft to homes  and apartment complexes, next to City Parks, Well sites proposed for 20 or more wells in the midst of neighborhoods. Heavy 80,000 lb Trucks using residential streets to get to well sites. Fort Worth has bent overly accommadating to gas drilling with an Ordinanced lobbied by them with staff induced legal loop holes big enough to drive those 80,000 lb trucks through. DO NOT LET YOUR GUARD  DOWN. Urban residential leasing is JUST NOT WORTH the paultry royalty return that off sets your lost quality of life, potential of lost property value and marketability. Most people are getting a few hundred  dollars a year now. We have some of the worst air in the nation and we are going to add tens of thousands of well sites all allowed to emit 25 tons of VOC and potentially hazardous to your health chemical emissions. We will use 5 million gallons per well every 3  to 5 years do it again even in drought conditions Drill Baby Drill Oh Do not water your lawn today. North Texas unsustainable to growth and water resource predictions. Best to those up against the gauntlet fighting to protect your city. Oh maybe do not believe it will just be some of Dallas  to be drilled. We where told the same thing in 2005. I know of what I talk I have been at the table fighting  twice on the FW  Gas TF 2006  and 2008 and now assist Citizens of the Shale all over the Barnett Hale region and consulted to other  regions of the country and State as VP NCTCA  North Central Texas Communities Alliance non profit. I will be watchin you all closely. Do it As Right as You Can. Citizens educate yourself and stand up and speak out.Gary Hogan Fort Worth, TX  

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

See you all there on Tuesday. We gotta keep 'em honest.

Robert
Robert

Tommy Lee Jones' TV commercials paled in comparison to the info-mercials made by, I think, Tracy Rowlett. Rowlett's friend John Criswell narrated some of them. Those Citizens of the Shale shows were simply horrible.

Tommy Lee Jones got into a scuffle once outside of Rick's on the Bricks on Camp Bowie Blvd in Fort Worth. Rick's is now a Ginger Man pub. Impress your friends with this arcane information courtesy of me.

Fingers Crossed
Fingers Crossed

That billboard of Tommy Lee Jones ~  "Let's Get Behind the Barnett."  Fort Worth certainly did! Hard to say no to Tommy Lee. Getting out "In Front of the Barnett," sounds like a better plan. One way to do that is by inviting citizen groups and individuals to tell their stories who haven't found the experience all that wonderful. The circus always smells fresh and new when it first comes to town.

888
888

Is that billboard for real? Shady, shady.............

Loretta Lou
Loretta Lou

As long as you don't do it on a drilling pad site or next to a gas compressor or gas compressor station or anywhere near a gas gathering pipeline. You're probably safe in Dallas, for now. 

Fingers Crossed
Fingers Crossed

Weren't those infomercials thought to be real news by a lot of people? They were very weird. The Big Gas will trying anything, so it seems.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Very real. Tommy Lee Jones took a huge payday for that ad campaign.  Bet you dollars to donuts he doesn't have any drilling on his huge property down around San Saba.  Lost all respect for him when he did that.

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