Two interesting and ironically paired stories in the daily paper this morning -- one about an expensive planned do-over for the failed Victory Park development, a monument to the perils of great-man leadership, the other about a planned museum exhibit honoring J. Erik Jonsson, one of the city's most ... More >>
A friend of Unfair Park passed along an interesting email exchange between some members of the Gas Drillng Task Force in advance of tomorrow's throwdown public hearing. Seems that some are none too happy that Councliman Scott Griggs chose task force member Terry Welch to speak in favor of tighter dr ... More >>
At some point during last evening's North Texas Tollway Authority/Texas Department of Transportation Incredibly Boring Event, I realized I was having almost as much fun seeing all the same old pro-toll road partisans again as I was running into my fellow usual-suspect road-haters. These things have ... 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 >>
David BieglerAt yesterday's meeting, the council-appointed drilling task force grappled with some of the more divisive issues in front of them -- and actually nailed down what they'll recommend the council do about set-back distances and allowing disposal wells for produced frack water. As th ... More >>
Photo by Taryn WalkerBarnett Shale cities: "No, really, where should we put this thing?"On opposite sides of the legal teeter-totter over gas-drilling, citizen protection and drilling flexibility weigh heavily, with a city's gas drilling ordinance at the center -- trying, at least in theory, ... More >>
Photo by Leslie MinoraPhilip Dellinger, Regional Ground Water/Underground Injection Control Chief for the EPA, presents a fracking overview.Water, water, everywhere -- more than ample supply to frack, according to Jody Puckett, the director of Dallas Water Utilities, who spoke at yesterday's ... More >>
Photo by Leslie MinoraLinda Koop, seated next to outgoing council member Dave Neumann, chaired yesterday's meeting.After postponing last Thursday's meeting so council members could ride in the Dallas Mavericks' parade through downtown, the city council's Ad Hoc Gas Drilling Task Force Nominating ... More >>
Patrick MichelsOn his birthday, Mayor Tom Leppert gets to meet Ernie, an American alligator, at the Dallas ZooEven if he'd secretly been hoping for a pony on his birthday, Mayor Tom Leppert was all smiles this morning at the Dallas Zoo, where the formalities of a press conference quickly gave ... More >>
How many county commissioners does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Lorlee Bartos, well-regarded local political consultant (she managed Harriet Miers' sole political campaign, for a Dallas city council seat), sends this response to this morning's post about Pat Cotton's comments regarding Darrell Jordan's mayoral bid. Bartos and Cotton worked with Jordan when he ra ... More >>
My prediction: That's the advice McKinsey's going to give the council
Should we turn local government over to a corporation?
It's a scary world out there, but someone's gotta keep it under control. Jim Schutze uncovers the secret agony of the Dallas Citizens Council.
JFK assassination buffs who peddle their wares on the grassy knoll think there's a plot to put them out of business. They may be right.
City council hopeful Brenda Reyes shows amazing inventiveness in meeting residency laws