……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?
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”.
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.