Arlington to Host Urban Drilling Educational Forum Aug. 1

Articles Drilling 07-22-15

Residents are invited to attend the City of Arlington’s Urban Drilling Educational Forum being held on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Arlington Convention Center.

In an effort to increase transparency, the Urban Drilling Educational Forum will provide attendees with information on the roles and responsibilities of the local and state regulating authorities in urban drilling.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to listen to panelists, view presentations and ask questions about the regulation of urban drilling.

Representatives from the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the City of Arlington (COA) are scheduled to participate.

Event Details

Who:  City of Arlington, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Railroad Commission

What:  Urban Drilling Educational Forum

When:  August 1, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where:  Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way

18 thoughts on “Arlington to Host Urban Drilling Educational Forum Aug. 1”

  1. Just to clarify the purpose of our protest for anybody considering participating, this will NOT be for the purpose of disrupting the meeting inside the convention center! Our protest activities will occur OUTSIDE the building on public sidewalks where the law allows us the right to protest our government.

    The protest will be civil and peaceful – we will NOT disrupt traffic (foot or vehicle), commit acts of violence or harassment, or otherwise act in an unlawful manner. We expect a police presence and it is likely anybody acting unlawfully will be taken to jail.

    The format of the meeting inside the convention center does not allow citizens to directly participate, meaning we get no chance to directly ask questions and have them answered. We will have the ability to submit written questions which may or may not be addressed during the meeting, but which we are told will be individually addressed by RCT and/or TCEQ representatives in the days following the event.

    We feel the format is designed to present only the state’s position on HB 40 without hearing citizen concerns, so our protest outside the building is intended to call attention to that fact. We welcome the participation of anybody who wants to come and join us, and we ask that you conduct yourself in an appropriate manner that does not reflect badly upon fellow protesters, which would nullify our effect and purpose.

  2. Why was the EPA not invited? Don’t they make the rules??? And, how do we know if they are being followed by the definition of “the clean air act”?

    1. The general purpose of the forum is to explain the limitations on and responsibilities of Texas cities under HB 40, the new state law that regulates all oil and gas operations at the state level.

      The purpose of the meeting is not about the technical requirements of environmental protection, which would have included EPA. Rather, since TCEQ and RCT will be the state controlling agencies under HB 40 the meeting seeks to clarify their roles and the roles of municipalities under the new law.

  3. “In an effort to increase transparency, the Urban Drilling Educational Forum will provide attendees with information on the roles and responsibilities of the local and state regulating authorities in urban drilling”
    IE: Ghee note:How we laid down and allowed our right of Home Rule to be taken away exclusively to one Industry Oil and Gas.

  4. We (you know who I mean, Kim and all the rest of us) need to show up anyhow. We can wear appropriate T-shirts, buttons, etc.

    1. Lorraine, does this imply that you will join us on Saturday morning? If so, then please notify Jane Lynn or myself immediately because we are going to call a “Go – No Go” on the protest today based upon how many people are going to participate.

  5. The press release states, “Those in attendance will have the opportunity to listen to panelists, view presentations and ask questions about the regulation of urban drilling.”

    Is it not true that, in actuality, citizens will be allowed to write their questions on cards and submit them, then a moderator will choose which questions to ask, and that there will be no direct interaction between the citizens and the public officials on the panel?

      1. Daniel, I agree with you! Local, state and federal governments always talk of transparency, but it is merely rhetoric and none practices it. If this meeting was truly transparent, then the audience would be allowed to come to a microphone and ask questions that woudl then be honestly and directly addressed by the panelists from RCT, TCEQ and the City of Arlington.

        Because transparency is NOT what is going to happen on Saturday we are referring to the meeting as a dog and pony show – entertaining, but not truly informing. I guarantee you there will be no discussion from ANYBODY on the panel about how a city may use the courts to contest HB 40 and defend their rights under Home Rule Authority, which is codified in the Texas State Constitution. Instead, they will tell us how cities are limited and what cities must do to comply with the new law event though that law is so poorly written and so inadequate as to be laughable and, I believe, subject to legal challenge in a court of law. I certainly do not believe the Texas Supreme Court or the US Supreme Court would agree that it is a lawful act.

  6. Roles and responsibilities locally and statewide will be challenged if they are in conflict with International Environmental Laws if TPP gets passed. Isn’t Chesapeake ripe for a (foreign?) take over/buy out with their stock being down 47% for the year? So if they spew on us we will have to go to court out of the country to sue….lets buy out Chk and shut in these toxic wells before its too late. As it is Total (a French company) owns 25% of the Barnett Shale assets. And a company in Tokyo owns 25% of QuickSilver assets..QuickSilver is the operator on some of those wells on the edge of Lake Arlington on the Ft Worth side….where they spilled into our drinking water source many summers ago.

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