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EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Study – DFW Public Hearing

Posted by youngsierrans on June 28, 2010

The EPA is hosting a public information meeting on the proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing (HF) and its potential impacts on drinking water. Please register to attend and/or speak at his important opportunity to voice your concerns about North Texas Barnett Shale drilling practices and risks.

WHEN/TIME: Thursday, July 8th (6:00-10:00pm)
WHERE: Hilton Fort Worth (downtown, 815 Main Street – map)
REGISTER: Due to possible venue capacity constraints, the EPA encourages everyone who plans to attend the DFW public meeting to register in advance.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND: There is currently great debate surrounding the health and ecological consequences of the practice of gas drilling hydraulic fracturing, or “fracing” (like “cracking”), across the US/world. The North Texas Barnett Shale is experiencing a gas drilling boom, and fracing has brought urban natural gas extraction into our communities (within a few hundred of feet of our homes/schools, in many cases) and below our drinking aquifers. Industry claims that the chemicals used in their processes are safe, but they won’t disclose their ingredients (“secret formula, like Coca Cola,” one exec has quoted), stating exemption from the Safe Water Drinking Act, Clean Air Act and Superfund, as granted to them under the 2005 Energy Policy Act. Independent tests have identified dozens of neurotoxic and carcinogenic chemicals used in the fracing process. Locally, XTO Energy (now Exxon Mobil) submitted a request for a specific use permit for a gas well (here, here, here) on May 25 to the City of Dallas. Dallas City Councilman Sheffie Kadane said he is in favor of XTO’s plan to drill on its lease and said he hoped the two lessees would follow XTO’s single permit application with other requests for approval to drill on their existing leases. However, as far back as Feb. 2008, City Councilwoman Angela Hunt was in the minority when she expressed concern over leasing city-land for gas drilling (here).

WRITTEN COMMENTS: To submit a written comment, send your email to hydraulic.fracturing@epa.gov.

For more info about the EPA HF Study Background, Intent, Timeline and Web-based Outreach, click here.

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TCEQ DFW Clean Air Public Meeting

Posted by youngsierrans on June 17, 2010

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the New DFW Clean Air Plan next Thursday, June 24th, at Arlington City Hall (same location as the March ozone hearing) from 7-9pm.  This meeting is being organized because DFW violated the federal smog/ozone standard last summer, and the TCEQ is responsible to create a plan to bring our area back into attainment.  This meeting will allow North Texans to ask questions and offer suggestions on HOW and WHAT to include in this New DFW Clean Air Plan.  Our message is simple: Citizens Demand the Same Pollution Controls for Industry as for Our Autos!

What Should the New Plan Accomplish?

  • Adopt all the recommendations from the 2006 local clean air committee that were dumped by the state four years ago.  (YES, most of this same clean air planning work has been done before and was rejected by Austin/TCEQ!)
  • Crackdown on industry as much as my car. Demand 90% controls on coal, kilns and gas. (The industrial technology exists and is in USE across the country/world, just not in TX.)
  • Do more than the minimum. No more paper exercises. Go further than required. (We’re looking for more than a “goal seek” solution.)
  • Aim the plan where smog pollution is worst: Tarrant, Denton, Wise, and Parker Counties. (Asthma rates for children under 14 are THREE TIMES HIGHER (22%) in western DFW area than across the state of TX!)

Here’s the flyer for this public meeting which can be printed and widely distributed.

There’s a pre-meeting meetup at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (510 E. Abram St, 3 blks from City Hall) at 6pm for anyone interested. Get your tacos and beer buzz on to get you in the mood!

For more information or to carpool, please contact the North Central Texas Clean Air Task Force: dfwsip[at]gmail.com or 972.230.3185.

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2010 St. Patrick’s Day Parade – DSC Recycling Team

Posted by youngsierrans on February 15, 2010

The annual Greenville Ave. St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country (~100K people, 100+ floats). Such a large event creates many tons of unnecessary waste, so we’re SEEKING VOLUNTEERS to help make the parade greener.  Join the parade Recycling Team and help divert as many recyclables as possible from the landfill!

Last year, total recycling collection efforts yielded about 1200 lbs of material. In order to top that number this year, we need YOUR help! Volunteers can collect recycling from parade viewers or simply stroll along with our entry to promote the Sierra Club and conservation. In addition to the satisfaction and fun volunteers will receive from helping at the parade, they will also be given nifty green t-shirts and post-parade concert tickets..

Please email your volunteer interest or questions, with the subject: Recycling Team.  Thanks for your help!

General Info:

  • Date: Saturday, March 13th, 2010!
  • Approx. Volunteer Time: 9:30a-1:30p
  • You must RSVP to receive a parade access badge.  Meet in Sam’s Club parking lot vicinity (not near entrance) on Park Ln by 9:15am.  Look for large, City of Dallas waste collection truck.
  • Use DART to avoid parking hassles (Saturday schedule) – no parking in Sam’s Club lot.
  • Past Parade Recycling Efforts: PHOTOS or DETAILED INFO (which is similar to this year)
  • What to do between now and then?  Sign up to VOLUNTEER! Visit any of the SAVE THE PARADE Happy Hour Events at Greenville Ave restaurants on Fridays to show your support! Share across your social networks!

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North Texas Master Naturalist – Calendar & Info

Posted by youngsierrans on November 18, 2009

Looking for exciting opportunities to learn something new about local wildlife or volunteer in the outdoors?  The North Texas Master Naturalist group maintains a comprehensive calendar of events for many of our local environmental preservation and development organizations (i.e., Cedar Ridge Preserve, Native Plant Society of Texas, Texas Master Naturalist, Connemara Conservancy, Heard Museum).  All events are open to the public.

If you’re simply seeking more information on Texas native trees/shrubs/mammals/reptiles, identifying invasive species or educating yourself on the natural history of  North Texas, see the Links page on the North Texas Master Naturalist website.

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White Rock Local Market

Posted by youngsierrans on August 4, 2009

wrlmNew this summer to the East Dallas area is the White Rock Local Market.  Based on my initial review of their operations, what appears to make this market unique is the set of “local” requirements asked of each vendor.  Vendors must originate within a 150-mile radius of Dallas, offer a variety of sustainable or organically produced products and sell at least 60% of the home-sourced product directly. I estimate that there were about 40 vendors at the July market.  Special events, like live music, are also planned during market days.  What better way to start or end your Saturday morning White Rock Lake ride, walk or clean up effort?

For information about becoming a vendor, a list of market vendors or general information, please see their website.

WRLM will open in March in 2010.  Hours/Dates: 8am-1:00pm on the second & fourth Saturdays of each month at the Green Spot Market (702 N. Buckner Blvd. at Northcliff Dr. – map).

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Living with the Trinity: A River’s Story

Posted by youngsierrans on May 14, 2009

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This week KERA launched the multimedia project Living with the Trinity that explores the history North Texans’ relationship with the Trinity River. Visitors to the website can explore the geography, ecology and cultural history of the Trinity River through interactive maps, videos and photographs. In addition to a series of radio reports which airs May 12-15 on KERA-FM (transcripts & podcasts are available), a television documentary is planned to air in the fall of 2009.

April 2010 Update (From Meg Fullwood @ KERA)
KERA CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY WITH STATEWIDE TELEVISION BROADCAST OF “LIVING WITH THE TRINITY,” NEW WEB CONTENT AND RADIO REPORTS

In connection with the 40th anniversary of the nation’s first Earth Day celebration in April of 1970, a documentary about an important environmental battle in Texas will be broadcast on Texas public television stations statewide. KERA-TV’s Living with the Trinity explores the conflict that developed in the early 1970s over plans to transform the entire length of the Trinity River into a barge canal linking Dallas and Fort Worth to the Gulf of Mexico. The controversy placed Texas in the national spotlight and spawned a lawsuit against a proposed dam at the mouth of the river near Houston that signaled a new era in environmental politics. The fate of the Trinity River was ultimately decided by a vote.

Living with the Trinity explores this fascinating chapter in the river’s political history. The one-hour program airs on public television stations statewide in April and May. Please check local listings. Living with the Trinity airs Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. on KERA-TV and rebroadcasts Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m.  Additionally, KERA will update its ongoing radio series Banking on the Trinity. The reports will air Tuesday, April 13 to Thursday, April 15 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on KERA-FM.

Living with the Trinity is featured on a related Web site at http://www.TrinityRiverTexas.org.

November 2009 Update
The four-part radio series Banking on the River airs November 17-20 on KERA-FM.  A one-hour television documentary, Living with the Trinity, premieres at 9:00 p.m. Monday, November 23 on KERA-TV. The documentary focuses on the period from 1965 to 1973 when the Trinity River was nearly transformed into a barge canal. The television program and radio reports will be posted on the website after broadcast.

From the site: The intent of Living with the Trinity is to make the Trinity River visible again, to restore the river to its rightful place in the consciousness of those who depend upon it.  In doing so, we seek to connect a knowledge of our historical relationship to the Trinity to the way we live our lives today.  It is our hope that this knowledge will enable all of us to make better choices regarding our future relationship to the river and to the environment through which it flows.

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