Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
What do we have here?
Did the Fort Worth Star-Telegram decide to try and undo their reputation as a mouthpiece for TRWD incumbents? Did they get called out? They will...
Seems the ST didn't realize that Monty Bennett was not running for the Tarrant Regional Water District. Their article about the election mentioned him ten times. More than any of the five candidates - Craig Bickley, Michele Von Luckner and the others.
They mentioned Mr. Bennett almost a dozen times, but yet again, failed to reach out to him for a comment. So he sent one anyway. Also, a true update on the TOMA lawsuit. The online article at the Star-Telegram has been updated to reflect both.
Maybe the Startlegram is tired of being the butt of jokes in Tarrant County. We shall see.
See the updates below - and the updated article here.
Bennett disputed Lane’s assertions in an email.
“The entrenched incumbents continue to try and scare the voters with grandiose stories about an evil Dallasite trying to steal their water,” Bennett said. “This is absurd. For the record, I have no interest in Fort Worth’s water, or the Trinity River Vision or the Integrated Pipeline project.
“I’ve successfully blocked the TRWD from snatching my mother's family land in east Texas. My only interest now is to help Mary Kelleher continue the fight against a heavy handed government agency, with numerous allegations of corruption, cronyism, and self-dealing, that treats citizens, including me, very poorly while neglecting its core duties of water provision and flood control.”
To which the Star-Telegram additionally updated-
After a district court ruled in favor of Bennett, the 2nd Court of Appeals said in November that TRWD did not violate the Open Meetings Act. Bennett has appealed the ruling to the Texas Supreme Court where briefs must be submitted by April 13. An attempt by TRWD to use eminent domain to acquire property surrounded by Bennett’s ranch has also been appealed to the Texas Supreme Court.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Take for instance Marty Leonard saying the board has done a good job preparing for water needs. How much did they spend suing Oklahoma to take their water? $6 million? Of OUR dollars...in case you were wondering, they lost.
Marty also talked about the Corp of Engineers pitching in $17 million for their pet project. Does she know where 'the Corp' gets that money?
For those of you keeping count at home, that's $23 million of YOUR dollars in just one paragraph.
The opinion piece goes on to say the Water District spent the 'majority of their last board meeting explaining its budget and what role TRWD plays in local water rates. Explaining to who?? The board? Marty and Jim who have served 9 years each on the board? (Remember last year they postponed the election and extended their term by a year. Even though when the last water board crew did that, Jim Lane voted against it).
Lane goes on to say that the board has used eminent domain responsibly, which is in direct conflict with what every group and business owner who has been affected has told Texas Lone Star in recent and past interviews.
Lane also goes on to say the Integrated Pipeline (over $2 billion dollars) will basically solve all our problems. He fails to mention the TRWD's own report that says the pipeline will take water to Dallas NOT Tarrant County. WHY wouldn't he or the 'news' mention that?
Former Mayor Moncrief, the one who sold out FW to Chesapeake, is heading up the incumbents PAC (remember those calls to Dallas begging for money we told you about? Now you know who is making them). Along with Fox, who works at one of Congresswoman Granger's favorite places in FW.
This race will be the hottest race in Tarrant County. Here's hoping the people are tired of the insanity (look up definition) and try something new, like voting for real people (Craig Bickley and Michele Von Luckner) instead of those owned by the water district contractors.
Also, someone let Hanna know the Texas Supreme Court has picked up the latest case. We know their short staffed over there in the building they share with JD Granger and the Trinity River Vision.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Surprisingly, for once, we're not talking about the Startlegram, but the Fort Worth Weekly.
Not only is it crazy seeing as how under this award winning editor, Fort Worth Weekly has won countless awards itself, but the timing is questionable as well.
We'll be keeping a close eye on the Weekly over the next couple months, and we won't be the only ones.
Good luck to the talented reporters left behind. And good luck to their fearless, formidable and extremely talented editor, Gayle Reaves. We have no doubt she'll move on to bigger and better things.
Maybe soon she'll write about the Weekly.
Fort Worth is a better place due to Gayle's contributions and her loss will be felt for years to come...
Monday, March 16, 2015
Seems some good ol' boys in Fort Worth were calling some big men in Dallas asking for hand outs for the Tarrant Regional Water District election.
Does this mean money from Dallas isn't a bad thing now that the 7th street gang wants it?
For the past few years I have dreamed of gathering all north Texas fracktivists together at one place and time for a group photo. But the tremendous growth of the movement since 2004 made the the possibility of that happening somewhat daunting.
But I like to dream big, so....with the 10th anniversary of Prairie Fest coming on April 25, the time is right. Are you in?
Why Prairie Fest? As some of you know, Prairie Fest began in 2006 as the first major public event / protest / festival / push-back to bring attention to threatened gas drilling at Tandy Hills Natural Area in Fort Worth. State Rep. Lon Burnam was the keynote speaker. The term, "fracktivist" didn't yet exist but the goal was the same. Keep drilling out of our neighborhoods and raise awareness of the impacts and dangers.
In 2004, a small group of concerned neighbors started the group, Friends of Tandy Hills. We were NIMBY's. After the first ever public protest against fracking and a few key reports by Jeff Prince in the Fort Worth Weekly, Friends of Tandy Hills morphed into FWCANDO (Fort Worth Citizens Against Neighborhood Drilling Operations) and our small group connected up with others in the Barnett, both urban AND rural. Next thing you know, a corp of international media was knocking on my door and a guy named Josh Fox was sleeping on my couch, taking notes about a little film project. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.
With notable exceptions, victories in the Barnett have been few and far between but, ten years later, awareness has never been greater. Participation in push-back against drilling and fracking is at an all-time high. Organizations and individuals not on-board in 2006 are now leading the charge. Tandy Hills is well protected. Prairie Fest, a solar-powered event, has helped demonstrate the importance of connecting with and protecting the natural world. Friends of Tandy Hills have sponsored field trips for thousands of kids. The tide is turning.
Please join me at Prairie Fest on April 25 for a group photo to celebrate 10 years of fighting the fracking monster. It will be a rare opportunity to meet and make connections with fellow fractivists. A professional photographer will capture the moment. Exact time of photo will be announced soon. I'm making a list of participants so please, spread the word and....
Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area
P.O. Box 470041
Fort Worth, TX 76147
Friday, March 13, 2015
The League's next General Membership Meeting is---
Thursday, April 9, 2015
University Christian Church
2720 So. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas
Program: "Water Conservation -- Indoors and Out"
Rita Beving, Clean Water Fund, Dallas
David Foster, Clean Water Fund & Clean Water Action, Austin
In addition, all five candidates for the Tarrant Regional Water District Board have been invited to attend and speak briefly about their platforms.
Rita Beving and David Foster will present "Water Conservation - Indoors and Out." Their presentation will talk briefly about the current state of the drought in Texas and touch on water planning as it relates to DFW.
The discussion will then pivot to water conservation tips for both indoor and outdoor use including a bill passed last session that affects landscaping rules for HOAs throughout the state.
Rita Beving is currently the North Texas Outreach Coordinator for Clean Water Fund and resides in Dallas. David Foster is the director of Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action in Austin.
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Friday, March 13, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Write your state House rep. to protect local control
Texans have fought and died for their right to govern themselves.
Now politicians in Austin are trying to take that right away from our communities.
After the people of Denton, TX voted to ban fracking, self-proclaimed "enemies of big government" introduced several bills to take away our right to govern ourselves.
The first of those bills is headed to House State Affairs committee this Wednesday. HB540 would require home rule cities to ask for the Attorney General’s permission before passing a municipal ordinance.
But this HB540 isn't just about fracking. Home rule cities would have to get the state Attorney General's permission before passing ANY new law or changing an old one. From indoor smoking bans to plastic ban ordinances and even texting while driving laws.
TAKE ACTION: Write your Representative to stop this Austin power-grab.
Help stop this big government power grab and protect our Texan value of local control!
Sharon Wilson, Texas Organizer
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Monday, March 09, 2015