Friday, November 5, 2010

Joel Burns busy speaking out

Last month Joel Burns spoke out on bullying, this week he tells that Fort Worth is running out of room for wells.   Read the comments from THE PEOPLE in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, they have some ideas for where a well or two could go.  Also, read about the latest fiasco with the Fort Worth gas drilling study.

He cited a litany of residents' concerns, including air pollution from wells and compressor stations, heavy truck traffic and resulting damage to roads, noise and dust from drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations, and the potential for explosions and water pollution.

In some areas, there are five to 17 or more wells per square mile, Burns said.

Most attendees at the conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center are from outside Texas, and many are from countries with little or no shale-gas drilling. Burns' audience appeared highly interested to learn that there was such robust drilling activity in the 17th largest city in the U.S., with more than 700,000 people.

In hindsight, Burns said, city officials could have done more to keep residents informed during the early stages of Barnett drilling.

1 comment:

ken Barr said...

The councilman is in real estate, so what he said has weight. But he didn't say anything, or the s-t chose not to report, about decreased property values and the threats from pipelines and the related abuse of eminent domain like on Carter St.