Stop the Rawlings Refinery

Last December, residents learned that one of the proposed “gas drilling sites” in Northwest Dallas isn’t actually a drilling site at all. It’s a massive gas processing and compressor station facility, really, a gas refinery. The gas company, Trinity East, testified that it will pour 75 tons/year of hazardous pollution into our air. If that’s true, it would be the 10th-largest source of toxic air pollution in all of Dallas. This refinery is being proposed just 600 feet away from the city’s largest outdoor recreation area, the new $38 million Elm Fork Soccer Complex. It’s unbelievable.

This refinery would release toxic chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde and hydrogen sulfide FAR too close to where our children and families play

The “Rawlings Refinery” would release toxic chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde and hydrogen sulfide FAR too close to where our children and families play.

So what can you do about it? For starters, you can email the Dallas City Plan Commission now and tell them what a terrible idea this is. Dallas officials need to hear from residents as often as possible before they vote on this proposal. Next, you can attend the public hearing and testify against this poisonous plan in person:

Thursday, February 7th, 1:30 p.m.
Dallas City Hall, City Council Chambers
1500 Marilla, 6th Floor

The response to this shocking proposal, so far, has been complete silence. Dallas officials are simply denying that it exists, calling it a normal gas drilling operation. The Dallas Morning News seems to think that a plan to build one of the city’s largest polluters next to our new soccer complex isn’t “newsworthy”. Other interested reporters and officials are still talking about this as if it were just another proposed drilling site.

We need you to be the voice of reason. Send your message to the Dallas City Plan Commission, and forward this to a friend. Our kids shouldn’t be able to see a gas refinery from their soccer fields. They shouldn’t have to breathe toxic air pollution. How can something so obvious even be up for debate?

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