It's almost tradition by now. Every year at Exxon's annual shareholder's meeting, New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees state employees' retirement dollars, introduces a resolution calling for the company to ban discrimination against gay and transgendered employees. And every year, it ... More >>
Drilling thousands of feet into the earth is a cakewalk compared with dealing with City Hall.
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 >>
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A six-year court battle waged by the feds against an ExxonMobil policy mandating the retirement of all corporate pilots at the age of 60 was dealt its second defeat in a Dallas federal court. The challenge, filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, characterized the policy as ageist and ... More >>
We at Unfair Park will never, ever tire of hearing Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Irving-based ExxonMobil, the largest private oil and gas company in the world, admit that the product he peddles has in fact caused the earth's climate to change. This is the corporation that has for decades bankrolled a c ... More >>
There are many reasons lots of folks hate Exxon Mobil: It makes about as much profit in 35 seconds as the average U.S. household makes in a year; it gets humongous tax breaks from the U.S. government; it bankrolled anti-climate change "research" that set debate on the issue back decades; it charges ... More >>
Congressman Ralph Hall, the near-nonagenarian, oldest serving member of Congress, who was elected to things five years after World War II ended, just turned 89 years old. What do you give the man who has everything -- a powerful committee chair; a devilish sense of humor (he loves Mormons!); and a f ... More >>
In one of America's wealthiest suburbs, an unlikely band of drilling opponents helped drive away the world's biggest energy companies. Did they save the town or ruin it?
Photo by Anna MerlanApparently, this is how you announce you've raised $185 million a year earlier than expected.For days we've been promised a major announcement today from the Perot Museum of Nature & Science; as in, said the week's worth of press releases, "a MAJOR announcement" would be m ... More >>
What do you need to know about this video sent out by the Dallas Police Department? Well, let's see. The stick-em-up in question took place yesterday at around 5:25 in the morning at the Exxon TigerMart at 2503 Lemmon, which is right off of N. Central Expressway. And, per the DPD:The suspect is seen ... More >>
Photo by Patrick MichelsRay Crawford and his petition signed by those opposed to gas drilling in the Dallas city limutsAs we noted a couple of weeks back, Dallas City Hall's taking applications for the gas-drilling task force Angela Hunt demanded after Dave Neumann failed to make good on his prom ... More >>
When Dallas' drilling rules get tougher, you'll have a professional needlepointer to thank.
Photo by Sam MertenDave Neumann (left) and Scott Griggs (right) at their first debate in late February.From the beginning of last night's forum at the Avalon at Kessler Park, questions from the crowd of nearly 100 District 3 residents focused squarely on natural gas drilling and incumbent cit ... More >>
Robert WilonskyThe Hot Box parked on Flora Street back on October 31I'd been all ready to settle in for a lengthy City Plan Commission meeting this afternoon, conditioned by months of long waits before commissioners got to talking about the things I'd come for -- old favorites like gas drilling o ... More >>
Before the Dallas City Council voted to back Dave Neumann Wednesday and wait till October to vote on XTO Energy's gas drilling proposals, we did get a little more insight into where the council stands right now. Angela Hunt, for instance, mentioned why she was for extending the city's leases to X ... More >>
Even before their meeting last Thursday afternoon, City Plan Commissioners had decided to hold off voting on XTO Energy's second application for a gas drilling site in Dallas -- leaving time for the city council to figure out what to do with XTO's first application, maybe even delaying that call ... More >>
Photos by Brandon ThibodeauxOf all the didn't-quite-make-it-into-the-story facts I discovered while researching the botánica biz for this week's cover story on Chango Botánica in Oak Cliff, one of the most interesting discoveries was that many of the candles sold on the shelves of area botánic ... More >>
Beginning in 2006, 'round the time Rex Tillerson replaced Lee Raymond as CEO of Irving-based ExxonMobil, the company said it would cut funding to public-policy groups whose policy it was to deny in public the existence of climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, mat ... More >>
Courtesy Southwest AirlinesFortune just posted its list of the World's Most Admired Companies -- at least, admired by the other bidness folks surveyed by the magazine. Five Dallas-based companies made the list of 363, and they are, in alphabetical order: AT&T, Brinker International, Centex, Sout ... More >>
You probably remember how last summer's painful gas prices set off a ripple effect, jacking the cost of everything else, including your groceries. Now that gas prices have crashed back to a mere inflated-enough-to-fatten-Exxon-execs-and-their-political-friends level, you're probably still waiting f ... More >>
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