I was frustrated watching a succession of southern Dallas City Council members take their turn at the microphone yesterday to ask questions of the Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force regarding urban fracking within the city limits. Southern Dallas is top on the list of prospective places to drill. One by one, members tried to get top members of the task force to recommend a course of action. And task force members repeatedly punted the issue right back into the council’s lap.
Several asked: Should we allow drilling in the Trinity River floodplain? Lois Finkelman, the task force chairwoman, refused to take a stand, insisting that it was the council’s decision. All she could say was that other industrial uses already exist within the floodplain. The implication being, heck, why not throw a few fracking pad sites into the mix?