Important Public Meeting - City of Dallas Plan Commission Voting on Gas Drilling
The City Of Dallas Plan Commission Is Voting to Allow Gas Drilling and Processing in Public Park Land, Floodplains, and near Schools. Speak out against a new gas drilling permit that could allow up to 60 gas wells plus storage tanks, pipelines, a gas refinery and compressor station, and other faculties to operate for 20 years or more at three separate sites along the Trinity River corridor inside Dallas.
The Plan Commission meets THIS THURSDAY 1:30 pm, Dallas City Council Chambers, 6th Floor, Dallas City Hall.
On December 20th, the City Plan Commission voted 7-5 against these permits. The Gas Industry and City Hall didn't like the result and are now are engineering a "do-over" vote for this Thursday. Only a strong showing of concerned citizens can stop them from stealing a victory we've already won.
Let the City Know You Oppose These Gas Drilling Permits. You can send an instant e-mail to the Dallas City Council and members of the Plan Commission that says you strongly oppose the "reconsideration" of the denial of the gas site permits - No means No.
Just Go To: www.downwindersatrisk.org/featured-citizen-action/
What's at Stake?
Toxic Air Pollution - Gas drilling and processing on a site releases a variety of air pollution from the moment the drilling rig shows up to long after its gone. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals can be used for "fracking" a gas well. These include chemicals known to cause cancer as well as those known or linked to causing birth defects and hormone damage in children.
Some of these chemicals get released during the drilling. Some get released when drilling stops. Some get released from leaks and pressure valves in storage tanks and pipelines that are operating decades after the rig disappears. All of this air pollution gets released at ground level, not from tall smokestacks that take it far downwind. Once you have a well site, you have a source of air pollution in your neighborhood for a long time.
Rigorous epidemiological health studies are few, but the University of Colorado School of Public Health released a peer-reviewed study showing residents who lived within a half mile of a gas well stood a 66% higher chance of getting cancer than those living further away.
Surface Land and Water Contamination - Drilling is messy. Drilling in the floodplain is even messier. A University of Texas study released last year concluded there were more of a risk of chemical surface spills from gas and oil fracking than any other kind of drilling.
Risk of Accidents and Explosions -At wellheads, storage tanks and other processing facilities needed on a gas well site all contribute to a higher risk of serious accidents or explosions. Thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals can be kept onside for years.
Risk of Earthquake Damage - Recently, fracking has been scientifically-linked to small tremors or earthquakes. Although usually not very large, these earthquakes can cause foundation and structural damage to nearby buildings.