Why Prima Facie Trumping HB40 will Probably NOT be Challenged in McAllen Denied Gas Well Permit

……that’s a total of 100 million dollars of equitable tax that McAllen can see.”

In a follow up story ValleyCentral wrote, “The well immediately attracted high-profile opposition. Former U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, McAllen Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Leonel Garza III and attorney Ric Gonzalez — who represents several Hidalgo County cities — opposed the permit. Stefanie Herweck, who serves on the Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club’s executive committee, also wrote a column for The Monitor  opposing the permit. 
In response to questions from the City Engineer’s Office, the company stated the well would not involve fracking and the risk of any problems would be extremely low”.
NOT  INVOLVE  FRACKING?  In Facebooking with Stefanie Herweck her response was, “And they reserve the right to frack–that’s in the permit, so what the operator says is irrelevant”.
Frackers are so desperate they can lie to our faces? So why would the operators NOT challenge HB40? hb40

HERES WHY>>>>>>>Stefanie Herweck, wrote in The Monitor, (I boldfaced for emphasis) “There are more than two dozen homes within 400 yards of the proposed drill site, with several homes even closer…..This particular North McAllen well site is designated as being in a hydrogen sulfide field.…..A blowout and explosion north of Karnes City burned a path a quarter-mile from the well. For 24 hours, oil, water, gas, and hundreds of thousands of pounds of chemicals and air pollutants spewed onto homes and farms. Because of the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas, an area within a 3-mile radius from the site was evacuated; some residents forced to stay away for a month…. a 3-mile evacuation zone could affect tens of thousands of people, as well as numerous schools, businesses and shopping centers…..McAllen’s oil and gas well ordinances have been on the books since 1933, and include a provision that allows the city commission to ‘refuse any application for a permit to drill any well at any particular location … for health reasons, or safety reasons … where the drilling of such well on such particular location might be injurious, or be a disadvantage to the city or to its inhabitants as a whole, or to a substantial number of its inhabitants.’ HB 40 does not tie the city commission’s hands”.
……….H2S has H9 reporting requirements and it is not something you take risks with that’s why!!!!!………
Years ago, the first and only plug & abandon padsites was at the (then planned) Viridian in Arlington…an upscale area.
So is it the upscale planned development tax money at risk or the H2S field that poses too high of a risk?
One day in my dream world, fracking is banned because it is NOT COMPATIBLE WITH ALL NEIGHBORHOODS NO MATTER THEIR ECONOMIC STATUS OR H2S RISK.

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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