Here’s a great article summarizing our work so far at Dallas Residents at Risk. Give it a read!
Last year, when the city of Dallas created a task force to provide recommendations for gas drilling rules in the city, a group of residents and environmentalists kept their eye on developments.
“We had a shadow task force watching what the task force was doing,” said Zac Trahan, program director of Texas Campaign for the Environment’s Dallas office and spokesperson for Dallas Residents at Risk.
The city’s committee finalized their recommendations for a gas drilling ordinance in late February. Those who had been following the proceedings on both sides of the issue had mixed reactions to the results, said Trahan.
“Some of [the recommendations] were very good. Some were too weak,” said Trahan.
In response, the activists regrouped and began holding their own meetings at Trahan’s Dallas office. The result is a watchdog supergroup that includes veteran environmental organizations, such as Downwinders at Risk and the Dallas Sierra Club, along with area neighborhoods associations across the city. They dubbed themselves Dallas Residents at Risk.
We’re still holding strategy session meetings every Tuesday evening at 6 PM here at Texas Campaign for the Environment: 3303 Lee Pkwy #402, 75219. You’re welcome to attend anytime. The next big meeting at City Hall is coming up on Wednesday, August 1st at 1PM, and for this one, we need everyone to come. Here’s the information–if you care, be there!