Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 7 ACTION Meeting

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
the Texas Railroad Commission
When: Thursday, October 7, 2010
Time:   6:30pm - Networking & Coffee
              7:00pm - Meeting & Announcements
              8:45pm - Networking and Coffee

Place:  Hotel Trinity Inn Suites, IH30 @ Beach Street, Fort Worth, Texas

WHAT: NCTCA's stated mission focuses on 3 main objectives: 
Education -  Communication - Mobilization

Our October monthly meeting will engage you in all three actions!
This will be a highly informative, interactive and enjoyable session to give you a better understanding of the roles of the TxRRC & the TCEQ. Both of these agencies (plus 30 more) are up for Sunset Review during the 2011 Legislative Session, and your input can affect urgently needed changes. 

NCTCA is about empowering you and our communities!

Are you more than mildly distrustful that State agencies, like the Texas Railroad Commission (TxRRC) & the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) that are supposed to be protecting your health, safety, and property rights are more "beholdin'  to the industries they are created to regulate than to you?

Do you see Red Flags when you learn that two of the TX  RRC Commissioners received $800,000 and $1.3 million  in campaign contributions from the Oil and Gas industries they are supposed to oversee and regulate?

Does it bother you that the TCEQ not only didn't use scientifically recognized laboratory procedures in recent Barnett Shale air quality testing, and then got caught in lies to local elected officials about withholding pertinent data from their study results which discovered toxins in our air?

Did you know you are paying for a TxRRC office in Fort Worth but can't utilize their services, and must travel  (at your own expense)  to Austin for TxRRC business and hearings?

Do you realize that your lack of positive attention to and action on these issues can result in a natural gas well 157 feet from your front door (as in Fort Worth recently) or a 16 inch pipeline with wet odorless gas running across your front yard? It's already happening in one county!

Do you feel IGNORED by the very state agencies your tax dollars $$$ pay to protect you?

Well, it's time for make your voice heard this Thursday!  The industry is doing that already with heavy lobbying and lots of  "contributions!"  However, as Margaret Mead famously said;  "Never underestimate the power of a small, dedicated group of people to change the world; indeed, that is the only thing that ever has."

Come be part of an effective team effort working on positive solutions to these and other problems in the Barnett Shale and statewide!  Bring your pens, paper and your voice! (you will be heard!)  

The deadlines to submit your comments are fast approaching, and by joining us Thursday, Oct. 7th, your voice will be heard, you'll have the latest information, and 
you can join others in mobilizing! 

PLEASE NOTE:  As much as we'd like to have individual discussions regarding the above information, we are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, and there just aren't enough hours in the day!  We encourage you and your friends and neighbors to join us Oct. 7th for a firsthand experience and to support our area wide efforts!

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