Frackers v. City of Arlington = MoneyGrab OR (after-the-frack)PublicSafetyConcerns?

After April 2015’s near disaster of an uncontrolled gas well by Lake Arlington Baptist Church, the Environment Defense Fund came to our good city’s aid with this letter asking that a lawsuit against our city be dropped. Read the letter here.

Here is a TIPRO link called “Oil and Gas Industry Disappointed with New Fire Code Tax in City of Arlington – New Unconstitutional Fire Code Tax Results in Lawsuit”. Tipro went on to say…“The City of Arlington already imposes the highest fees for oil and natural gas operations in North Texas. Operators paid $1.8 million in city fees in 2011 alone and the City received $2.5 million in mineral ad valorem revenues. And the City of Arlington received an additional $105 million in bonuses and royalties over a five years period ending in 2011,” said Hastings

AHHH the  money  …make sure you at least read the last line of this blog for the real issue.

U know U R from Arlington when the frackers sue the city cause we singled out Urban Drilling and tried to collect fees ($2,400 per well) to fund our

“Arlington-gaswells-gone-bad-emergency-predparedness-program.”

...oh wanh’…. Special Use Permits/Drilling Zones are uniquely allowed in every zoning type in our good city  so HELL YEAH we singled thar’ arses’ out!

Imagine that…Arlington caring about public safety? Now that’s a side swipe idea that Ida never thunk….or was it just a pure money grab as described in the link below?….

http://www.energyandthelaw.com/files/2012/05/TXOGA-and-TIPRO-v.-City-of-Arlington.pdf

Prior to the need for these emergency preparedness dollars….. our Special Use Permits were signed off ASSuming all is good… as is….“All the regulations provided in this ordinance are hearby declared to be governmental and for the health, safety and welfare of the general public.”

And notice below on number 6 how the indemnity continues to not hold any of our dear city council, mayor, or city employees responsible either!!!

And even prior to getting the special use permit approved by the city, the “frackers” have to sign this indemnity form (which I think is enough evidence to get the city off the hook in this lawsuit-but hey I’m no lawyer)…

And what infuriates me MOST is how even after we were taken to court and have YET to collect these fees, that the city still continues to permit more gas wells not knowing if we’ll ever collect these “needed” fees.

Here’s why……money…

As stated by our former Mayor Cluck in that petition, “We can either tax the taxpayers or put on a fee for the drilling companies and to us it was more fair for them [gas companies] to pay for it since they’re doing the drilling and creating the need for additional training.”

So if we lose this lawsuit will this result in higher taxes for the citizens then in paying for this ER gas well response program?

In closing, whats kinda special in reading this legal petition is that I may have been the one to have sent our Fire Chief this  C H E S A P E A K E video  that the oil & gas associations say he references as an example of of why our city needs the fees from the frackers….

The reason I think I sent him this video is that I commented on it three years ago and that real threat has yet to be addressed….

I fear this in urban drilling, I live, breathe and blog in BarnettShaleHell in Arlington TX, but what I fear most is the unseen and unodorized toxins of long term exposures.



Here is another link in following up with this case that ends with…”we overrule the city’s sole issue and affirm the trial courts’s judgement”.
The sole issue was that the city questioned if the associations were the right party to bring the suit as they could not produce discovery questions related to:
member operators’ safety preparedness.
response capacity,
compliance thresholds,
etc..
——-
So the city doesn’t even know how prepared the operators are to respond to ER gas well events….lovely!
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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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