The Day Before Council's Gas Drilling Task Force Begins Meeting, Watch Mayor's Promise

While Mike Rawlings is off in France, Rudy has a pay-walled piece in the morning's paper recapping the to-do list offered when he was a candidate and the we'll-see-about-that realities facing him as mayor: "Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings must find a way to deliver on promises." Speaking of: As Leslie noted at the end of June, Mayor Mike spoke before the Gasland screening at the Texas Theatre and vowed, "I will never vote to put any neighborhood at risk because of money."

On the day before the council's gas drilling task force has its first meeting, anti-fracking activist Raymond Crawford has posted the entirety of Rawlings's remarks -- a sort of gentle reminder. As Crawford writes this morning, he and his fellow activists -- the folks who got Dallas City Hall to reconsider its drilling ordinances before XTO and Trinity East were given their SUPs -- were "pleased to hear that his top priority is to protect Dallas citizens." But, ya know, promises are promises. Or are they? Rawlings's remarks follow.

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Politicians usually say whatever is politically expedient at the moment. I would love to hear what Mayor Rawlings says about the issue of gas well drilling when addressing a meeting of energy industry people so we could compare what he says to one group versus the other group.

Essentually, he said the same things in the candidates forums when the issue of gas well drilling was brought up, and it was brought up often. The proof is in the pudding. Talk is cheap.

Since he likes to listen to experts I hope that he will take the time to listen to Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Professor of Fracture Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University who spent over 20 years working for Schlumberger in geological engineering related to oil and gas production. Below is a link to a long (1 hour 46 minutes) dissertation that Dr. Ingraffea gave late last year about truths and myths related to natural gas production. If you like to deal with facts, then watch this video. If you have a dogmatic agenda that rejects science and fact for PR spin, then save yourself the time and agony, because it is not a pretty picture when you know the truth.

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