I told the appraisal panel that everybody living near a gas well should protest their values.
I encourage this….not for spite
because if everybody protested and won like I did, it would reduce needed cash towards the city budget for basic city services.
I enourage protesting your property values because the penalty for mixing heavy industrial with residential & businesses really has a price tag
It is not just in home valuations…it is in having peace of mind that when family members
(and pets) or employees get ill AFTER a drill site comes in, that we don’t have to wonder about the probability
that industrial processes in our immediate airshed is causing it.
The real price of mixing residential with heavy industrialization is location, location, location. Regardless of Arlington sitting on the sweet spot….Arlington and Ft Worth and their Independent School Districts will go down in history in being shamed for not FIRST doing a Health, Environmental, Perception, & Property Valuation Impact Study.
Industrial processes in densely populated areas are NOT protective of public health.
Common sense by our councils should have led them to use the cautionary principle to not allow urban drilling in—to protect us from our greedy tendencies to get a free ride…..but our councils had/have only one princiPAL, and it is to be serving the industry so the city can make money.
A great example is when DFW Midstream asked and received an emergency vote for a second compressor station in Arlington saying they needed more compression…later when the price of NG fell, they didn’t build it. They obviously didn’t need it, but P&Z and council blindly obeyed and rushed this through and we don’t even have guidlines for a compressor station in our Gas Well Ordinance. I understand that compressor stations like pipelines fall under common carrier guidelines, and so are NOT subject to be able to be locally controlled by home rule laws. That in itself is yet another good reason not to allow Urban Drilling….period.
The stigma of urban drillling won’t be helpful for young adults deciding if they should stay or move away, and it especially won’t be a positive selling point in attracting NEW families and businesses to settle here and nervously “co-exist” with gaswells in Arlington.
City governments should NOT BE in the business of generating cash at the expense of risking public health & property values. The $100 million in the city coffer won’t cover the longterm costs to our good city in losing the $$$priceless, intangible cost of peace and good will to all current and future residents, VISITORS, and businesses.
Arlington Gasland Texas
The lady from the drill site in Ft Worth that spewed twice in a month with the last time trappng her in her home during an ice storm wrote …..
|Janice wrote: “I went to the Tarrant County Appraisal District and requested a hearing to get the property taxes on my house lowered because of the location across the street from a gas well and got a letter the next week stating that my taxes have been lowered without the hearing.”
update 12/15/2013 glioblastoma is one of those brain cancers that claimed the life of nine year old Zander Jaggers of Ft Worth….I spot checked the coroners report for 12/15/2013
and became hysterical (turned on my camera and made a video) when I found that this boy died from a recent diagnosis
within a two month time period….I have to deal with walking away from further testing my teen for a possible brain tumor called pheochromocytoma based on my pediatricians call in conjunction with a conversation with some doctors at Cook Childrens about his case.
A 12 year old boy lost his life at age 12 at 7:41 am on 1/13/14. Here is the map of where he lived nestled amongst the gas wells…
cause of death pending
found out that this may have been a SUICIDE, but it could be from an illness and I’m determined to find out if shale pollution may have been a factor in his death so that his life is not in vain and so we can have more andotical evidence to fight to shut in these toxic gas wells. It may be this case ends up in my suicide in shale
blog post I keep adding info to.
On the Pike PTA Facebook site, a “go fund me” link had a comment during that time frame…
“Our community in Northwest ISD has suffered a second student loss in just a few months. In a proactive manner, NISD has graciously offered to host a venue and market a family engagement expert specializing in Cyberbullying, Interactive Gaming and Social Networking. Bringing Katie Greer to our District to have specialized assemblies for Middle School Students, High School Students and Parents & Administrators will help us navigate the digital waters and let us know what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to our children and technology, and provides parents and administrators with proactive initiatives to keep kids safe. Please share this with anyone who can help in any way, big or small.”
On another Facebook where one of my friend’s sister has children going to Pike, I cut and paste this info….
“Just talked to my sister….she said this is the 2nd suicide since (Pike Middle School) school started. The 12 yr old. went to the middle school you can see in the back ground of the picture I posted of the monster gas well. The first kid was 13 and shot himself because he was gay and being teased. The 12 yr old also killed himself because he was being bullied. (UPDATE a family member said this statement about bullying was not true and I have since hid the identity as requested) She said everyone out there acts angry and like they’ve lost their minds. Threatening to shoot kids if they walk on their grass or threatening to shoot a dog that barking at them. Making threats like this on FB!”
This picture was taken around January 5 2014 the FB post reads…
“This is the new gas well just across the road from Northwest High School and just a block away from Pike Middle School in Justin TX.
Ballon is an approximate location of where the child lived.
Panned out view of where the 12 year old lived in Justin TX.