Rush Creek Drillsite VIDEO FOUND of Protest Outside City Hall in Arlington

update May 2015

Found this video today. The outcome was to deny Rush Creek-everybody cleared out and didn’t stay to help me defend the CowboyStadium/Truman vote and they approved that one….but this video makes me appreciative that at least when people get organized in affluent neighborhoods…yeah not fair huh?

Back in June of 2010 residents were divided as to where the drill site should go. This time, they are at odds with the new address of the southwest corner of Bowen and Bardin which will be more prominent in sight just south of I20. TAD records shows the 55 acres at 4950 S Bowen has lost over half it’s value. In 2010 it was worth $2.5 million and is now at $1.2 million or $22,000 an acre. Contrast that with the $38,000 an acre just east at the Harold Patterson Sports Center which did not lose half it’s value. Neither did Veterans Park at $43,600 an acre. The disparity in land value makes one wonder if it is by design or by desperation to entice a business to come in and co-exist near this drill site at bargain basement pricing.

Last September George Hoyer was reported as keeping tabs on who did not get renewal lease bonuses and organized a neighborhood meeting last August that drew about 400 people.

In a recent blog, Hoyer recapped that Oak Lake Homeowners Association were well represented in support of the new location at the P&Z meeting early last month. Hoyer blogged,“The noise, traffic, health hazards and inconvenience of the industrial drill site will not impact them.” He advised that “The days of $15,850/acre signing bonus checks are over and Chesapeake will try to lease your minerals for as little as possible….don’t be in a hurry to lease your minerals.”

Tuesday you can expect to hear from the senior residents on a fixed income asking council to approve the drill site along with the NIMBY’s in distressed disapproval. A new website states the need to preserve southwest Arlington, and a “Frack Off” banner is visible in the area. The website also points folks to yet another Arlington blogger concerned of the handling of flood waters at the Arlington Barron drill site.

P&Z has approved this based on “land use” considerations and not environmental issues, however the fact that this site is within 300 feet of the flood plain is concerning as Oak Lake is in the area. How ironic that some folks wanted the drilling so the additional revenue could improve the lake if flooding near an industrial site increases its risk of actually contaminating it.

The Arlington City Council will hold a public hearing on the two Rush Creek zoning cases on Tuesday as well as a vote to permit two wells near the Cowboy Stadium on January 24 at 6:15 at 101 W Abram St. Get involved if you have a preference in having an industrial drill site in your neighborhood or near the Entertainment District.

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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