Bridlewood Quality of Life Coalition


Last Post for BQLC by kim0917
14 February 2010, 1:06 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

BQLC has done its work and will no longer be posting. Many new groups are emerging with excellent ideas and we are choosing to bow out to decrease confusion to the Flower Mound citizens. We encourage you to visit the sites listed below often to keep abreast of natural gas activity in Flower Mound and other areas. We need you to stay involved.

 Flower Mound Citizens Against Urban Drilling

http://stopthedrilling.blogspot.com/

 Flower Mound Cares

http://mysite.verizon.net/fmcares

FWCANDO!

http://www.fwcando.org/home

 

Earthworks

Oil and Gas Accountability Project

OGAP is a resource for citizens and communities that are dealing with oil and gas development.

http://www.earthworksaction.org/oil_and_gas.cfm

PROPUBLICA

investigative journalism in the public interest

 http://www.propublica.org/

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Homeowners: SAVE your Property Rights from Drillers by kim0917
13 October 2009, 2:40 am
Filed under: Quality of Life, Uncategorized

If you do not live near a current drilling site today, that does not mean that you are out of the woods.  LISD has signed a lease. For the folks who live near Riverwalk keep your heads up.  South end of town, Hillard has signed a lease.  New leases on Wichita Trail have been signed.  The slight change in ordinances could change your situation.  There are no take backs, if this gets passed.  Please take time to sign the Petition before October 15th.  Council needs to know residents don’t want to bear the risks.

Homeowners: SAVE your Property Rights from Drillers

The Town has been asked, and is considering, making 2 changes to our Oil and Gas Ordinance.  
1.    Allow Seismic testing on the town’s public roads ways, which would include neighborhood streets.  
2.     Allow “produce water” (fracking wastewater) gathering and storage system that would transport produced water from other pad sites/location to a central storage location for removal by wastewater hauling trucks.  

This was proposed by Williams Gas Drilling, but would impact all drilling companies in Flower Mound. Town staff denied William’s request (see Town fact sheet).  Despite staff’s position, Council is proceeding with approval.  Mayor Smith & Council Member Levenick have both signed a Gas Lease with Williams.  William has told leasees they will not drill and they will not get their big $ if this does not pass. Which is why over 600 rural residents have signed a petition asking the council to vote yes. (See October 5th Council meeting)

Why you should object to losing your property rights.  VOTE “NO”

1.   Texas Supreme Court has found that mineral rights are superior to surface rights.  (The only thing protecting our property rights from drillers is our Town Ordinances).

2.   Homeowners are not covered by insurance if Seismic activity causes damage.

3.   If damage is caused to our HOA common property it also is our $$.

4.   Burden of Proof for damage is on the damaged party (good luck on that one – read the Town fact sheet)

5.   Wastewater is not just water or salt water.  It contains highly toxic chemicals including known carcinogens. (See Article on Radio Active Waste)

6.   Common carrier pipelines in Texas have a statutory right of eminent domain.  They can put pipelines carrying these toxic chemicals in our yards, parks, and school (LISD has already leased their minerals).  (See supporting information sheet for Texas Railroad url)

7.   Pipelines break!  When a pipeline breaks, you don’t notice until major damage has already occurred.  Say it breaks in your backyard and your pets or kids find it first.

8.   The Gas and Oil Industry are exempt from:  The Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, and the EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW ACT and many more.

9. Williams is drilling 100 wells and wants 30 tanks in their “tank farm” less than 1 ½ miles from homes and schools.  (Read the Clean Air report from Dish Tx)  What will Keystone and other drilling companies want to do???

10.  If you have signed a lease or do not own your mineral rights you may not have the ability to refuse Seismic Testing if incorporated in the ordinance.  Check your deed restrictions and or lease agreement.

Say No by signing the online petition:  (Over 600 rural residents have asked Council to vote Yes) http://www.petitiononline.com/fmogord9/petition.html

Contact your Town Council and ask them to protect what is left of your property rights.  Ask them to vote No to Seismic testing & Toxic Waste pipelines/”Tank Farms”. http://www.flower-mound.com/council/council.php


Supporting Information:
URL to last Monday night’s town meeting, where the Town Manager gave a report why the Town Staff said no to William’s request.  Click on the October 5th video and select Managers Report. http://www.flower-mound.com/public/fmtv.php <http://www.flower-mound.com/public/fmtv.php>

URL to Town Fact Sheet under “Seismic Testing and Produce Water Gathering System”: http://www.flower-mound.com/env_resources/env_resources_ong.php <http://www.flower-mound.com/env_resources/env_resources_ong.php>

URL to the White paper that the Town distributed at Monday’s Meeting (Collection Facilities “Tank Farms”: http://www.ead.anl.gov/pub/doc/ProducedWatersWP0401.pdf <http://www.ead.anl.gov/pub/doc/ProducedWatersWP0401.pdf>

URL to the New Article on Radioactive waste surface…, which the Town distributed at Monday’s meeting: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-norms_11wes.ART.East.Edition1.420fc23.html <http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-norms_11wes.ART.East.Edition1.420fc23.html>

URL to Dish Tx air quality report:
http://www…townofdish.com/ <http://www.townofdish.com/>

1.   Texas Supreme Court has found that mineral rights are superior to surface rights. What this means is that although oil and gas companies will often promise to keep all disturbance removed from actual residential settings, if it is necessary to conduct further exploration that necessitates the use of your land, whomever owns mineral rights or possesses a lease to mineral rights can enter your land at any point in time with no notice, and you cannot receive compensation for any damage caused by their incursion on your property except if the damage is caused maliciously.  Unfortunately “Seismic Testing” is not considered malicious. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/173748/real_estate_market_woes_mineral_rights.html?cat=6
2.   Common carrier pipelines in Texas have a statutory right of eminent domain. Common carrier pipelines are operators that transport oil, oil products, gas, carbon dioxide, salt brine, sand, clay, liquefied minerals or other mineral solutions.
For example, a pipeline transporting hazardous liquids would be a common carrier, and would have the right of eminent domain. A ‘common carrier’ pipeline transporting natural gas would be a ‘public utility’ (more commonly referred to as a ‘gas utility’), and also would have the power of eminent domain. The Railroad Commission does not have the authority to regulate any pipelines with respect to the exercise of their eminent domain powers. (http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/about/faqs/eminentdomain.php ).


Oil and Gas Industry exemptions: http://www.ewg.org/reports/Free-Pass-for-Oil-and-Gas/Oil-and-Gas-Industry-Exemptions

Sign the petition asking Council to vote NO.  (Over 600 rural residents have a signed a petition asking council to vote yes.  Don’t let your vote go uncounted)
 
Attend the October 15th Council Meeting @ 6:00.  Residents will not be allowed to speak at the work session.  Therefore if you have question send them to the council prior to the meeting.
 
 
Why Flower Mound Should NOT Negotiate with Williams to Change Gas Drilling Ordinance

If every gas driller incites “lease holders” to overrun city hall, Mobs will hold the town hostage and there will be nothing we as homeowners can do to protect ourselves from potential threats of:
 
–      Drilling toxic waste,

–      Uninsurable property damage,

–      Property devaluation, and

–      Cost of subsidizing drilling with our community tax dollars

Ordinance Change Briefing

Williams Drilling and Shiloh Road residences are asking for variances to our drilling ordinance.  Williams is using pressure on the Shiloh Road to storm city hall. Williams has threatened not to drill on the Shiloh Road leases unless the Shiloh residence can get Flower Mound Town council to change the drilling ordinance.    This ordinance change would allow for seismic testing and toxic wastewater piping in our neighborhood and near your homes, walls, pools, and ground piping.  
 
We think that the Williams and the Shiloh Road group have a right to drill.  Williams has been granted drilling permits by the Town of Flower Mound based on existing drilling ordinance.   We do not think the town should approve or negotiate on Williams contract “paper” nor should they open the ordinance given the direct and aggressive impact Williams is trying to have on Flower Mound politics.
 
Flower Mound Home Owners Drilling Bill of Rights

Seismic damage is not covered by homeowners insurance therefore we do not want seismic events in our neighborhoods.  
 
We do not want drilling within 1000 ft of our homes nor do we believe toxic waste should be piped through our neighborhoods.
 
We do not allow wastewater piping, tanks and infrastructure that produce toxic waste to be routed or located in our neighborhoods.
 
Homeowners, HOA’s nor City surface rights should NOT be taken away by changing the ordinance or offer code variances that would cause complex legal issues weakening the drilling code.
 
Taxpayers should not pay for or subsidize gas-drilling efforts.  They are heavily subsidized and protected by the government already.  
 
We recommend that air quality checks and other remediation and safety processes/standards be put in place to further protect town neighborhoods health and safety.  

Call to Action:
1. Sign the online petition.  http://www.petitiononline.com/fmogord9/petition.html <http://www.petitiononline.com/fmogord9/petition.html>

2. Contact your town council and tell them you don’t want them to change the ordinance
3.  Go to the October 15th (6:00) Town Council meeting.  If you are unable to make it, please send e-mail with your concerns.



STAR-TELEGRAM: Air-quality tests raise questions about natural gas wells in the Barnett Shale by kim0917
4 October 2009, 11:26 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

 Article in the Star-Telegram…October 3, 2009

http://www.star-telegram.com/804/story/1659163.html



—–CALL TO ACTION—CALL TO ACTION—CALL TO ACTION—– by kim0917
4 October 2009, 11:18 am
Filed under: Quality of Life, Uncategorized

At this moment Flower Mound’s Oil and Gas Ordinance is being challenged again. Williams Production, with the support of the residents in rural West Flower Mound, wants to change the ordinance.

The ordinance regulates gas drilling and protects the town. Whether you have signed a lease, not signed a lease, or do not own your mineral rights, you should be very concerned about any changes to the Oil & Gas Ordinance. Many of you that have signed leases did so with the current ordinance in place. Please read and sign the petition. The link is below towards the end of this e-mail

Williams wants to do Seismic testing throughout the town on public roads not just in West Flower Mound. Our roads were not designed to bear the weight of 2 60,000 pound trucks moving slowly sending vibrations through the ground. In the past, this has been done in mostly rural areas on private property. The effects to foundations are unknown. Williams has sent the town an agreement that totally indemnifies them of any liabilities. If they allow this to the ordinance all the other gas drilling companies will request the same. Insurance companies do not cover this type of damage. Any damage will be your financial responsibility.

They want to include waste water pipelines and seismic testing. The reason given is that waste water pipelines would reduce truck traffic in their neighborhood. But in reality, there will still be trucks bringing water, sand, and equipment to the well site and trucks going to and from this Waste Water site. In addition to that, waste water pipelines would be installed 4 feet below underground throughout the town to transport drilling waste from current and future pad sites. Detecting leaks would be very difficult and would not be known until contamination has occurred. Remember, if it is in the ordinance, other gas drilling companies can request to do this too. In Pittsburgh waste water pipelines were the source of contamination of a lake in a park killing fish, salamander, crayfish and aquatic insect life. What if it had been under a house, garden or pool? Since the gas drilling companies don’t have to disclose what is in their drilling and fracking fluid, do we really want this waste water going under our neighborhoods and throughout our community?

Our ordinance is strong and recently held up in the court of law. It is our only protection for our quality of life, homes, and schools. If it is opened up for revision there could be changes to the variances as well.

What do you need to do to protect your personal property, pocket book, and family?

1. Sign the online petition. http://www.petitiononline.com/fmogord9/petition.html

2. Contact your town council and tell them you don’t want them to change the ordinance (Contact Info. Below)

3. Go to the October 5th (6:00) Town Council meeting. If you are unable to make it, please send an e-mail with your concerns. (Williams and the rural lease holders have been pressuring council at council meetings and asking them to have a decision this week.)Council Members

Info
Mayor
Jody A. Smith
3705 Sarah Springs Trail, 75022
817.480.3211
mayor@flower-mound.com

Place 1 Council member
Steve Dixon
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
4604 Wisdom Creek Court, 75022
972.355.8132
place1@flower-mound.com

Place 2 Council member
Al Filidoro
3213 Augusta Drive, 75028
972.539.2145
place2@flower-mound.com

Place 3 Council member
Mike Wallace
2913 Trailwood Lane, 75028
469.293.5405
place3@flower-mound.com

Place 4 Council member
Jean M. Levenick
Mayor Pro Tem
2716 Gentle Drive, 75022
817.430.2252
place4@flower-mound.com

Place 5 Council member
Tom Hayden
4213 Huntwick Lane, 75028
972.899.0655
214.384.1105
place5@flower-mound.com



Basic Facts and Resources Revisited by kim0917
29 September 2009, 5:21 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

If it has been awhile since you have thought about gas drilling or you are a newcomer to gas drilling here in Bridlewood or Flower Mound, please take a few minutes and surf our site for past articles. A good place to start is “Basic Facts and Resources”. You can find the link on the left side of your screen. Imbedded in the article are many excellent resources.



Urban Gas Drilling in Flower Mound by kim0917
29 September 2009, 9:45 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Over the past year, we’ve been lulled into thinking that the possibility of urban gas drilling maybe isn’t such an eminent threat. With the price of gas falling well below $4, how could anyone make any money and so why bother?

Well, as well all know, this is all about money and the folks at Williams and Cherokee Horn are paid to “bother” with convincing Flower Mound citizens that urban gas drilling is a) good, b) there won’t be any negative side effects, c) it’s inevitable, d) it’s going to make the town rich, and e) it’s going to make you rich.

One thing for certain is that this whole issue really is all about money. But it’s not the money that you, or your neighbors–or even that the Town will receive. It’s about the money that the developers and drillers will make.

And after the money stops, what’s our town going to look like? They’ll move on, but we’ll be left with the mess.

And just to drive home the point about it being all about the money (theirs, not ours), do you realize that Williams has sent the town an agreement that totally indemnifies them of any liabilities, but allows them to conduct testing and put in waste water systems anywhere they want? Why would any of our town leaders seriously consider this agreement?

Our town is fortunate to have a couple of Council members who have stood up to the big-money interests in an effort to protect the residents. But they can’t do it alone. If you care about protecting the town from the blight of urban gas drilling, please make your voice heard.

The opposition is paid to convince people that urban gas drilling is fine. We’re not. So what do we do?

Attend Town Council meetings–the Williams folks certainly do. (The next meeting is at 6:00pm on Monday, October 5th.)

Call your Mayor and Town Council members and let them know how you feel.

Write letters to the editor of Flower Mound papers.

**Request for your response**

If you no longer wish to be on my email list, please let me know and I will remove you. However, if you know of others that share our concern against drilling in the highly residential areas of Flower Mound, would you please forward this email to them and provide me with their email address so that I can add them to my mailing list?

Thank you,

Rebecca Belcher



More contaminated water news by kim0917
26 August 2009, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Quality of Life, Uncategorized

“Federal environment officials investigating drinking water contamination near the ranching town of Pavillion, Wyo., have found that at least three water wells contain a chemical used in the natural gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing. Scientists also found traces of other contaminants, including oil, gas or metals, in 11 of 39 wells tested there since March.

The study, which is being conducted under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, is the first time the EPA has undertaken its own water analysis in response to complaints of contamination in drilling areas, and it could be pivotal in the national debate over the role of natural gas in America’s energy policy.” To read more, please click the link below.

http://www.propublica.org/feature/epa-chemicals-found-in-wyo.-drinking-water-might-be-from-fracking-825