When I fought Chesapeake to not drill in my neighborhood near the Cowboy Stadium, they played the devil’s oldest trick in the book. The link below is a news story that I made a comment on. This business owner, Mr. Sam, had an employee who faked vehicle emission tests results and nasty cars are on the road now. But how innocent is this man (even though he fired his employee)? Mr. Sam would not sign a Chesapeake drilling waiver, but not because he cared about how close the drill site would be to his employees….
From: Kim Feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date: October 27, 2011 8:59:51 AM CDTTo: Kim Feil <email@example.com>, Mel.LeBlanc@arlingtontx.govSubject: poor Mr SamI wouldn’t be surprised if (Arlington Councilman), Mel LeBlanc advised Sam in the Chesapeake lease/waiver signing saga. Apparently Mr Sam was the one of the “hold outs” because he had three business properties that were within the 600 ft buffer of the Truman/Cowboy Stadium drill site to be at the NW corner of Collins and Division. Sam told me he was unhappy that Chesapeake wouldn’t make him a “reasonable” offer for his properties. The night that the proposed site was tabled because they didn’t have the needed % of owner’s signature to break the 600 ft setback ordinance, they said they had a hold out person wanting $200,000….guess who that was? The other three hold outs with smaller land parcels were “eventually” bought-off by Chesapeake. Obviously they were more affordable than Mr Sam’s bigger parcels (each parcel gets one vote–our new ordinance should read that each unique owner gets one vote, but council never listens to my comments-they practice blank expressions when I speak to them). The paid off Chesapeake “winners” were 1. the out of state duplex owner (who I originally was able to get her to rescinded her waiver. In her rescind letter, she said she was lied to by the landmen years ago), 2. Jacob Kohan at least $12,000,(absentee landlord in my neighborhood who originally wanted to be bought out and helped me get signatures against that drill site being so close to his residential, rental properties, and 3. Collins street land owner Ricardo Sandoval ( we met a couple of times and also didn’t want this drill site devaluing his property. This drilling will be occurring next month now in a tightly spaced, inappropriate location). Mr. Sandoval eventually leased his business that is currently a breakfast joint near the water tower and was bought off by Chesapeake last January for at least $16,000 or $17,000. Mr Sam met with me once and watched a youtube video of infrared pollution that is not visible to the naked eye in drilling. I appealed to his sense of decency to protect his numerous workers that will be so close to this pollution, and he acted concerned, but never returned my calls and he was strangely never available when I numerously tried to visit him again. His workers, signed my petition (I got five hundred street walked ones in the immediate area), so I know those that have to breathe this pollution (workers, renters) don’t want it. I can only hope Mr Sam gets his share of the BTEX toxins as he gets to stare at this drill site…and if he doesn’t give his employees health care coverage, I guess us taxpayers get to foot the bill when they start getting ill from added toxic, industrial pollution than what they have to endure now working near the busy intersection of Collins and Division. The area’s air quality is already bad compliments of all the street traffic and GM’s 562 tons per year emissions (415 tpy in 2009)…oh did I mention GM has gas wells too? Thank’s Mr Sam and Councilman LeBlanc, your efforts to pollute this town are very much noticed by those that have to breathe in UN-livable-Arlington-Inferno Texas, Kaboom town (literally?) USA.