Wednesday May 16, 2012The Honorable Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas City CouncilDallas City Hall1500 Marilla St.Dallas, Texas 75201Dear Mayor Rawlings and Dallas City Council,On May 14, 2012, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League voted to oppose hydraulicfracturing within the city of Dallas. We arrived at our decision acutely aware of the energyneeds that face our nation and the opportunity that natural gas offers in the way of a clean burning fuel source. We recognize that natural gas must continue to play an important rolein our nation’s energy needs. We feel however that uncertainties with hydraulic fracturing,as it occurs today, offset any advantages the otherwise clean fuel offers our community.In particular, these points caused our concern and ultimate rejection of fracking at thistime:1.
– While a setback of 1000 ft. has been recommended for our homes,schools, hospitals, churches and parks, 300 ft from a place of business doesn’t makeany sense to us. We think that even a greater distance should be considered and ask that the 1000 ft. setback be included for business locations as well. There is noindependent data to suggest what short term or long-term exposure to air emissionsfrom a shale gas drilling site can do to the human body. Many of us spend at leastas much time at work as we do living or playing and shouldn’t we feel safe there aswell? As we try to entice more people to work, live and play and “Grow South”,it’s important not to make that task more difficult with self-inflicted environmentalor health hazards.2.
Disclosure of all chemicals involved in hydraulic fracturing -
When dealing withknown carcinogens like those used in “fracking”, it’s even more important that allDallas citizens and first responders be made aware of the unknown chemicals aswell. Anything less than full disclosure of this information, including proprietarymixtures, to the public robs them of the opportunity to make informed decisions.3.
Drinking water quality –
Water that we all use in our daily life becomes part of the hydrological cycle for area residents. The water that is used in the drilling process is permanently ruined and can never be used again. What types of water usage fees are being imposed on those industries that remove our water from thehydrological cycle? Is the water being used for drilling coming from our water sources such as area lakes? As our population grows, our water requirementscontinue to grow as well. Removing more water from the cycle should be of greatconcern for all Dallas citizens. We must have guarantees that we will always haveenough clean water for everyday use in our lives.4.
Drilling in the Trinity River Floodplain –
Nowhere was concern greater than the