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April Gas Meeting

April Gas Meeting

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West Dallas OrganizingMeeting on Gas DrillingThursday, April 26
6:30 to 8:00 pmFood and drinks provided El Centro Community College, West Campus, 3330 N Hampton Rd, 75212
Dallas Residents at Risk 
is: Texas Campaign for the Environment—MountainCreek Neighborhood Alliance—Dallas Area Residents for ResponsibleDrilling—Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project—Downwinders at Risk—Dallas Sierra ClubContact Zac Trahan, 214-599-7840, zac@texasenvironment.org
Dallas Residents, Property Values at Risk  
Don’t Let the Dallas City Council Roll Back Protections for Residents
Natural gas companies wish to begin numerous and widespread “fracking” operations inside Dallas.
Gascompanies have already leased over a dozen tracts in West Dallas neighborhoods and may begin seekingdrilling permits this summer.
City leaders must approve a new ordinance that will result in responsible drillingoperations—and that will eliminate dangerous drilling practices that could harm economic development andquality of life in Dallas. We urge the City Council to follow the Mayor’s pledge to protect Dallas communities:
“I will never vote to put any neighborhoods at risk because of money.” 
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings
Keep Drilling Away From People, Parks
Based on the noise, fumes, pollution, and vibration caused by gas drilling, we need a guaranteed
1,000-3,000 foot bufferzone
between fracking wells and our homes, schools, and workplaces. The gas drilling task force had recommended 1,000feet for months, but reversed itself during its very last meeting and voted for
only 500 feet 
in some cases—less than anyother major city in D/FW!Drilling doesn’t belong anywhere close to ourparks, either. The gas drilling task force hadrecommended prohibiting
drilling insidepublicly-owned park lands
, but then reverseditself during its final meeting and voted to rollthis back as well. We must protect our parks!The current ordinance also prohibits drillinginside the
Trinity River flood plain.
The gasdrilling task force proposed that since Dallas hashistorically dumped in the flood plains, it wouldbe OK to allow fracking there as well. We can’t add modern insult to historical injury.
Water For Drinking, Not Drilling
Each new gas well can use millions gallons of water, all of which is
and is disposed of in specialwaste sites. Dallas should charge drillingcompanies more for water that cannot bereused, and restrict water during Stage 3drought conditions. Gas companies are alsoasking for permission to truck Dallas water out of town for fracking in other cities!
Don’t Make Bad Air Worse
Dallas has a commitment to clean up our chronicair pollution. If the city doesn’t treat the gasindustry the same as other polluting industries,that commitment will go up in smoke! The gasdrilling task force has urged the city to ensurethat 
air pollution from fracking will bebalanced out 
so Dallas willkeep its clean air promise.
Full Disclosure of Toxic Risks
Gas companies can keep the full list of toxicchemicals they use hidden, calling it their“trade secret.” Our
first responders
are on thefront lines every day and will be put at high risk of exposure to these toxic chemicals, but not even Dallas police, firefighters andmedical professionals would be given this information until after an accident occurs!
24/7 Effective Oversight
Experience has shown that relying on state and federal bureaucracies to regulate fracking operations will be a failure.Dallas must establish its own
office of gas drilling oversight with enough trained personnel, equipped with thelatest technology, to be able to provide help to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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