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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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Dallas – A “Bike Friendly” Town?

Posted by youngsierrans on February 4, 2010

Over the last year I’ve become aware of a handful of local, neighborhood-driven bike advocacy groups around our city.  These organizations mobilize grassroots support in making the Dallas area more bike-friendly by establishing discounts with local merchants, working with city council-folk to create cycle tracks on major thoroughfares (a first in Dallas), and hosting event-themed, recreational rides around town.

These groups must be having an effect – Dallas is creating a Bicycle Transportation Advisory Committee and is currently seeking applications.  The committee is going to be a 15-person board and will help in developing Dallas’ future comprehensive bicycle plan (meeting monthly).  Please email your applications to Max Kalhammer (Sr. Planner – Bicycle Coordinator), by Feb 15th, with the subject line “BAC Application.”

So dust off that ol’ Schwinn Stingray and get out to support these important local groups!  If one doesn’t exist in your neighborhood, contact any of the below “friendly” organizers to learn what steps you can take to start one around your community.  Happy Riding!

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
Bike Friendly Knox-Henderson
Bike Friendly North Dallas
Bike Friendly Richardson
Bike Friendly Arlington
Bike Friendly Fort Worth
Bike Denton
Biking In Dallas
PEDALLAS

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Advocate Magazine – Dallas’ McCommas Bluff Landfill

Posted by youngsierrans on October 11, 2009

MB LandfillDid you know that the average Texan throws away 7 lbs of waste?  Or, that 30 days per year of landfill space are “saved” by recycling materials?

You can learn much more if you get your hands on this month’s great cover story in the local publication the Advocate about Dallas’ McCommas Bluff Landfill, the biggest landfill in the state (15th largest in the nation).  The story covers a wide range of topics, including local landfill and recycling operations, procedures, costs/revenues and general stats; the bioreactor technology (methane gas harnessing for resale) utilized at the facility; and the expected life of this big-business dump.

Be sure to check the “SIDEBAR” stories on the left side of the page (i.e., The Environmental Scorecard, Trash Stats).

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City of Dallas – Summer Recycling Roundup (8/29/09)

Posted by youngsierrans on August 11, 2009

SuperRecylingThe City of Dallas Sanitation ServicesSummer Recycling Roundup is taking place the last Saturday in August.  Link to the downloadable PDF.

When: Saturday – August 29th, 2009
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM

Locations:
(1) Dallas International School – 6039 Churchill Way, 75230
(2) Elliott’s Hardware – 4901 Maple Ave., 75235 (enter on Cass Street behind the store)
(3) Stonewall Jackson Elementary – 5828 E. Mockingbird Ln., 75206 (* Shred pod here *)
(4) Mountain View College – 4849 W. Illinois Ave., 75211 (South stadium parking lot – * Shred truck here *)

** NO household chemicals, paints, large styrofoam or plastic films PLEASE! **

More Info: For more information please visit Green Dallas or call 3-1-1.

Items Welcome: Televisions, Toys, Clothing, Used Books, Scrap Metal, Tires (limit 3 please), Paper, Plastics (#1-7), Glass, Electronic items (E-waste: video games, cell phones, computers, printers and calculators), Furniture, Florescent and incandescent light bulbs, Auto and household batteries, ALL appliances, Plastic bags and packaging (without food residue).

Building Materials Also Welcome: Doors, Electrical items (wire, plugs, plates), Fans, Hardware (doors, cabinets), Light fixtures, Lumber, Sheet Rock, Gutters, Trimwood, Pipe (PVC, metal, copper), Plumbing supplies, Tubs, Sinks, Roofing Materials, Canales, Tools (hand, electric).

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Water-Wise Landscape Tour – Dallas

Posted by youngsierrans on June 4, 2009

wwltCity of Dallas Water Utilities, City of Dallas Stormwater Management, Texas AgriLife Extension and the Dallas County Master Gardeners are teaming up with surrounding cities to demonstrate the beauty of Water-Wise and EarthKind gardening with the 15th annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour.

Dallas County Master Gardeners will be conducting FREE 15 minute talks on Water-Wise gardening every hour on the hour at each of the tour headquarters. Dallas County Master Gardener volunteers will also be assisting homeowners and helping answer questions about the plants and landscapes on the tour.

Date: Saturday – June 6th, 2009
Time: 9am-3pm

Various Locations:
CENTRAL: City of Dallas – White Rock Pump Station, 2900 White Rock Road, Dallas, 75214
NORTH: City of Addison – Les Lacs Linear Park, 3901 Beltway Drive, Addison, 75001
SOUTH: City of Dallas – Kiest Park Recreation Center, 3012 S. Hampton Road, Dallas, 75224

For a complete schedule of the MicroTalks Schedule (by location) and a list of the Demostration Garden locations, please see the Water-Wise Landscape Tour website.  For more information, call the Water Conservation Hotline at (214) 670-3155, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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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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