TxDOT needs $402 million of state hwy funds 4 drilling road damages

Two bits of fracking related news that tax payers are footing the bill and fracking risk.

Note I have selected quotes, boldfaced for emphasis, and inserted my comments in the parenthesis.



Controversial TxDOT paved-to-gravel road program scrapped

“When some paved roads were damaged by high truck traffic due to the oil and gas boom …(TxDOT) began converting some of those roads to gravel surfaces. … last year it announced plans to convert 83 miles of paved road in South and West Texas to gravel. TxDOT said it did not have the funds to repair the roads.

… (recently) announced that it has ended the (criticized) program…. TxDOT officials also asked for $402 million in additional funding from the state highway fund through the remainder of the current fiscal year. Plans are to split that funding between key safety projects throughout the state and road repairs on roadways damaged by the drilling boom.

(Speaker) Straus said in a mailout that with additional funding, TxDOT will be able to be pro-active and prioritize maintenance on these roads before they become a safety issue and before repairs are too costly…”

Seguin OKs $1.4M plan to renovate hotel to house oil field workers

“Seguin City Council members recently approved a 10-year tax abatement to developers of the Park Plaza Hotel to renovate the hotel built in 1917 into residential units to serve oil field workers needed in the Eagle Ford Shale region…

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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