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Hunt Timeline

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Council member Angela Hunt's timeline of gas drilling votes.
Council member Angela Hunt's timeline of gas drilling votes.

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CITY OF DALLAS GAS DRILLING TIMELINE1. FEBRUARY 6, 2008
City Council Briefed on Gas Drilling
The City Council receives a briefing from city staff on the proposed gas drilling leases.The presentation contains a slide stating “There will be
no drilling allowed on thesurface
of City of Dallas park land.” (Emphasis in original.)
2. FEBRUARY 27, 2008
City Council Approves Gas Leases
The City Council votes to approve gas leases to XTO and Trinity East (Hunt and Davisopposed). Although the XTO lease is signed on the same day, the Trinity East lease isnot signed for six months. No draft lease is attached to the Council’s review andconsideration.
3. JUNE 5, 2008
Park Board Resolution Allowing Sub-Surface Gas Drilling in Parks, Prohibiting SurfaceDrilling
Texas state law requires that before a city may take or use park land for non-park uses,the city must hold public hearings and make a finding that there is no feasible andprudent alternative to the use.Because Trinity East wanted to use subsurface park land for drilling, the city initiated thelegal process to allow such subsurface use. As part of the process, the Park Board votedto approve the subsurface use of park land, but specifically prohibited surface drilling:“WHEREAS, the City of Dallas will prohibit surface level drilling and mineral productionon all parkland and any subsurface mineral extraction will take place at an off-sitelocation as to not reduce or distract from any of the recreation uses or experiences of the parks in question…”
4. JUNE 25, 2008
City Council Hearing on Allowing Sub-Surface Gas Drilling in Parks,Prohibiting Surface DrillingThe City Council authorized a public hearing to be held in August as part of the state-required process to use park land for non-park purposes. The council agenda materialsstated: “The City of Dallas is prohibiting surface level drilling and mineral production onparkland as part of the gas leases.”
 
 
5. AUGUST 15, 2008
Mary Suhm Signs Lease Agreement with Trinity East
Despite repeated representations that surface drilling would be prohibited on park land,City Manager Mary Suhm signs a lease agreement with Trinity East that allows surfacedrilling on the leased park land. An assistant city attorney also signs the lease, as toform.Exhibit A to the lease lists the leased tracts of land. Tract 137, denoted as a “proposeddrill site location,” is the park land at the golf course and gun range currently beingconsidered for drilling permits by the City Plan Commission.
6. AUGUST 15, 2008
Mary Suhm Signs Side Agreement with Trinity East
Unbeknownst to the City Council, simultaneously with the lease agreement, CityManager Mary Suhm signs a letter agreement with Trinity East pledging that city staff will assist Trinity East in its efforts to obtain a drilling permit from the City Council forthe park land at the golf course and gun range. She is “reasonably confident that TrinityEast can be granted the right” to use the park land as a “drillsite location.” (There is nosignature from the city attorney’s office approving the document.)
7. AUGUST 20, 2008
City Council Resolution Allowing Sub-Surface Gas Drilling in Parks,Prohibiting Surface Drilling
Even though Mary Suhm signed a side agreement just five days earlier pledging herstaff’s good faith effort to secure council approval to drill on the surface of park land,the Council is presented with a voting item that restates the city’s prohibition againstsurface drilling, allowing only subsurface drilling. Neither the city attorney nor the citymanager calls the council’s attention to the fact that the just-signed lease allows surfacedrilling and that Suhm has pledged to assist Trinity East in drilling on the surface of parkland.
8. JULY 18, 2011
City Signs Lease Amendment with Trinity East
Amendment explicitly notes that Trinity East understands that the proposed drill sitesare on park land and that the council must authorize such drilling before such use ispermitted.
 
 
1.FEBRUARY 6, 2008
City Council Briefed on Gas Drilling

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