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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Suburban Murals or Plain Brown Wrappers?

There's been recent debate as to whether or not murals might enhance the scenery of our industrialized landscape now dotted with gas drill sites - over 55 of them in Arlington, Texas alone!   It begs the question ~  Do we put the lipstick on the pig, or do we continue to try to stop the build out of more wells?  

Coincidentally, this art work came across our Twitter feed around the time of this discussion.  How appropriate would this look on those ugly masonry walls!  Instead of a plain brown wrapper, it'll show what's really lurking inside.   The FDA requires labeling of our food products ~ perhaps the EPA should mandate labeling of these suburban mining sites.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The History of Fracking in Residential Neighborhoods in Arlington, Texas

Back in '08 the landmen said, "You'll never know we're here...We'll be miles away..." 

Here's what it looks like today: 

And so, the history of fracking in residential neighborhoods in Arlington, Texas began on October 23, 2007 with this unanimous vote:

Hmmm...only 8 total votes.  Shouldn't there be nine?  
Let's check the attendance.

It was a lovely dance, but we wonder if Mayor Cluck sat this one out because it was a tad controversial?

Aggressive Solicitations

On November 6, 2007  Arlington, Texas City Council voted unanimously in its first reading supporting a resolution to amend its ordinance regarding "Aggressive Solicitations."  Here is what it says:


Deputy Chief, Jaime Ayala, presented the changes to the “Miscellaneous Offenses” Chapter regarding Aggressive Solicitation to the Council.

Councilmember Patrick made a motion to approve on first reading an ordinance amending the “Miscellaneous Offenses” Chapter of the Code of the City of Arlington, Texas, 1987, through the amendment of Article I, Miscellaneous Offenses, by the addition of a new Section 1.16, Aggressive Solicitations, relative to protecting citizens from the fear and intimidation accompanying certain forms of solicitation.    Seconded by Councilmember Wilemon, the motion carried with 9 ayes and 0 nays. 

Did the City have Landmen in mind when writing this?  Probably not ~ but they should have ~ and it should have been enforced.

Click here to see Ordinances Governing Miscellaneous Offenses in the City of Arlington, TX.

Monday, March 4, 2013

"Don't Frack With Texas!"

There was another earthquake today:

There's a lot of shaking going on....
"Don't Frack With Texas!"