Even with two seats in limbo, the complexion of the new Dallas City Council looks decidedly unfavorable for Trinity East, the would-be fracker from Fort Worth that paid the city millions for the rights to its natural gas. Because the Plan Commission voted against the company's drilling permits, four ... More >>
Before term limits and elections change the complexion of the Dallas City Council in unknowable ways, Scott Griggs and Angela Hunt want an up-or-down vote on proposed natural gas wells along the Trinity River.
Last month, the Dallas Plan Commission voted down the permits for drilling outfit Trinity ... More >>
Before City Manager Mary Suhm struck a secret side deal with natural gas producer Trinity East to drill on parkland in the Trinity River floodplain, there were two, lesser-known gas wells situated in Irving that Dallas stood to collect royalty checks on.
According to Railroad Commission of Texas d ... More >>
If there is one thing I hate, it's talking about morality with people who agree with me. But this has been one of those weeks.
I'm your basic anti-gas-and-oil-fracking-in-parks type of guy. Call me soft. I've just always been against major petro-chemical operations where the children play. So gener ... More >>
Some stuff won't spin. Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm is trying desperately to spin the story of her side-deal with Trinity East Energy. But that story is stuck in the ground like a tree.
The Observer reported yesterday that Suhm signed an agreement five years ago with a gas drilling company to help ... More >>
Documents released yesterday evening by the city reveal that Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm signed a side deal with a gas-drilling company five years ago to help the company win drilling rights on city parkland, even though she had assured the City Council and park board that drilling on parkland wou ... More >>
The Dallas Plan Commission voted to delay any decision on permitting natural gas wells in the Trinity River floodplain, telegraphing a clear message Thursday to City Council: Your move. Commissioner Gloria Tarpley remains none too pleased about being asked to consider a permit that currently runs af ... More >>
Trinity East intends to sink natural gas wells in the Trinity River floodplain, but it isn't the well pad itself that will consume most of that controversial real estate -- it's the natural gas processing plant they plan to set up right next to it.
According to site plans for the Elm Fork lease, T ... More >>
If you could make it through the interminable hours of debate regarding the virtues of video boards; the dire necessity of liquoring up establishments zoned dry; and what sounded like a monolithic Oak Lawn apartment building, something interesting did in fact transpire during a Plan Commission meeti ... More >>
In this week's print edition, staff writer Anna Merlan provides a handy guide to natural-gas drilling debate in Dallas. Read on for a primer, a glossary of terms, a look at the opponents and supporters and a special fracking board game!
Important civic issues have a way of sneaking up on you. They ... More >>
A few major issues, including set-back distances from drill sites and whether to protect parks from fracking, have plagued the Dallas gas drilling task force for months ... and months. (Keep in mind: Yesterday's final meeting was more than three months past the scheduled end date.) At meeting after ... More >>
OK, let's get this straight: If a natural gas company wants to sink a well within 1,000 feet of your Dallas home, that would be bad. Not healthy. Not safe. Stop it.
But what if you don't care whether your neighbor is a drilling rig? Or, perhaps you're a developer who owns one of the few remaining c ... More >>
MasterPlan Consulting does not share this problem.MasterPlan Consulting's Dallas Cothrum, the eyes and ears at Dallas City Hall for several energy companies interested in drilling in the city limits, is becoming quite prolific. Last week, we posted the gist of his letter to the drilling task ... More >>
As he does every week, Dallas Cothrum of MasterPlan Consulting sat in the front row of the city's gas drilling task force meeting yesterday, attentively tuning in, occasionally sighing and taking notes in order to deliver his energy company clients the latest news from the home front. Yesterday was ... More >>
After a few weeks off, the city's Gas Drilling Task Force gets back at it today at 2. The agenda's short and sweet -- "Develop Recommendations for Gas Drilling and Production
Regulations" -- but the process has been anything but; initially, you may recall, the group was to turn in its recommendat ... More >>
Click to enlarge this map from the city's April gas drilling ordinance presentationXTO and Trinity East, two of the companies that have paid the city big money and signed leases to drill for gas within the city limits, have agreed to wait 30 months while the city rewrites its gas drilling ord ... More >>
Bruce Richardson, left, and Mike Northrup spoke to council today about Lower Greenville parking issuesTurned in to the council meeting to watch the The Crown and Harp, Zubar and The Libertine get their specific use permits renewed; I know -- quite the life, no? Reason I wanted to watch was sooner ... More >>
XTO Energy wants to drill on Joe Pool Lake, but will it effect your ability to kick back with a cold beer on the deck at The Oasis? The answer may surprise you.If you're not sitting down here in the Council Chambers at City Hall right now, then you're missing one of the fine ways to spend a Thurs ... More >>
Sam MertenCouncil member Carolyn Davis talks to zoning lawyer Kirk Williams as Willie Cothrum (right) listens.If nothing else, the city council's hastily planned ethics reform briefing early this morning showed that this group is capable of a spirited debate. For the most part, Mayor Tom Leppert has ... More >>