Lubbock City Council: Pass ordinances to regulate oil and gas development.
  • Petitioned Glen Robertson

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Mayor
Glen Robertson
Council Member
Victor Hernandez
Council Member
Floyd Price
Council Member
Todd Klein
Council Member
Jim Gerlt
Council Member
Karen Gibson
Council Member
Latrelle Joy
City Manager
Lee Ann Dumbauld

Lubbock City Council: Pass ordinances to regulate oil and gas development.

    1. Louise Sanders
    2. Petition by

      Louise Sanders

      LUBBOCK, TX

The City of Lubbock has signed a contract with an oil and gas company to develop resources on city owned land. The development of these resources will involve hydraulic fracturing. Citizens of Lubbock have a short window of opportunity in which to protect our quality of life now and in the future by enacting and enforcing rigorous ordinances governing shale oil and gas development in our community.

Whereas the quality of life in many communities has been damaged when the oil and gas industry has used indiscriminate practices in the process of hydraulic fracturing, and
Whereas retrieving gas and oil from shale play is a relatively new process, and
Whereas the long term effects of these practices and processes are still unknown
We, the undersigned citizens of the City and County of Lubbock request that:
The city council pass and enforce strong and effective ordinances that will protect public and environmental health from oil and gas operations and preserve the quality of life for current and future citizens.

See links below for more information.
http://www.earthworksaction.org/files/publications/FINAL-US-enforcement-sm.pdf
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/oil-man-who-figured-out-fracking
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/damning-review-of-gas-study-prompts-a-shakeup-at-the-university-of-texas/?partner=rss&emc=rss

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    1. Be sure your signature was added! Double Check!

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      After you sign this petition, please double check by trying to sign again to be sure your signature was actually added. We are have some issues with people signing and then their names don't appear on the petition.

    2. Our members spoke to the January 10th Lubbock City Council Meeting!

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      You can see video at the link below. Chose Jan 10, item 3 at about 5:31
      http://www.ci.lubbock.tx.us/VideoOnDemand.aspx

    3. City Council has forwarded our proposed ordinances to legal department.

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      In response to the proposed ordinances provided by the West Texas Accountability Project, Lubbock Chapter, the Lubbock City Council has forwarded those same ordinances to their legal department for review and consideration of implementation. Great Job Lubbock Chapter!

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Thanks for your support at the Council Meeting!

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to the City Council Meeting last evening. Special thanks to Armando & Nadia Gonzales and Mary Vines for speaking up about our proposed ordinances. We will continue to lobby the Lubbock City Council to take action on this pressing issue.

    6. City Council - Ordinances 4

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      10. How will the city ensure that ordinances covering oil & gas drilling and production are followed?
      The city shall require that permitting fees and fines shall be of sufficient amount to hire as many code enforcement officers/inspectors as needed to thoroughly inspect all operations and to enforce all oil & gas related
      ordinances. When a well is reworked or it's purpose altered, the city shall require that it be re-permitted and brought into compliance with existing ordinances. Fines shall be substantial and shall increase with each
      violation. A third offense will result in the shutdown of the well until it is brought into compliance with existing ordinances.

    7. City Council - Ordinances 3

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      9. How will citizens have input regarding drilling sites?
      The city shall require that all drilling permits be granted in a public hearing. Hearings shall be announced in a major city newspaper and other media at least 30 days prior to the hearing to allow for public comment.

      How will wells be permitted?.
      The city shall require that permits be granted by a permitting commission consisting of two citizens, two city council members, and two oil & gas experts or academic specialists. A chairman shall serve in a non-voting
      capacity (making it a commission of seven) except in the case of a tie. The commission may be overridden by the city council with a majority vote.

    8. City Council - Ordinances 3

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      7. How can we keep children and animals away from drilling sites and protect our neighborhoods from the visual desert of a well pad?
      The city shall require permanent fencing around all installations for security, public safety and aesthetic appeal.
      8. There are thousands of abandoned, uncapped wells in Texas. How can we prevent this from happening in Lubbock?
      The city shall require that a bond be posted for each well drilled of sufficient size to cap and plug the well and restore the site to it's original condition when the well is exhausted. The bond shall remain in place for the life of
      the well.

    9. City Council Meeting - Ordinances 2

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      3. What is the best way to keep toxic gases out of the air around well sites and in urban areas?
      The city shall require that vapor recovery units be installed on all tank batteries, and on all other producing,
      processing, storage, and conveyance systems, wherever such units can be used.
      4. Hydrogen sulfide poisoning is a serious risk at well sites. What can we do to address this hazard?
      The city shall require all wells and tank batteries to be equipped with alarmed H2S monitors with audible
      warning devices loud enough to alert any persons within (a minimum of) 1500 feet of an H2S leak. Alarms shall
      have a radio link to 911.
      5. How can we reduce the air pollution from the dust produced by heavy truck traffic on caliche roads?
      The city shall prohibit caliche being used as surface material in road construction, and require the use of low
      dust material such as crushed rock or asphalt.

    10. Come to the City Council Meeting at 6:15 this evening at City Hall.

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      We have ten ordinances ready to present to the Council this evening. Please come to show your support!! I'll post them here, but it may take several messages to do it because of limited space.

      1. What will stop the O&G industry from placing a well, pump jack, tanks, compressor stations and/or auxiliary
      equipment in people's back yards?
      The city shall establish a setback of 1500 feet between borehole, tank batteries, compressor stations, storage
      tanks and any other auxiliary equipment and residences, businesses, water wells, city parks, schools, churches
      and hospitals.
      2. What is the best way to avoid contaminating the air, the land and our water supplies?
      The city shall require true closed loop systems to be used in all drilling operations within city limits.

    11. Reached 50 signatures
    12. Good work! 50 Signatures!!

      Louise Sanders
      Petition Organizer

      Before the end of today we will have more than 50 signatures on our petition. Thank you for helping with this important task. If you haven't already, please forward the petition link to your friends and acquaintances who live in or own property in Lubbock.

      Also, consider attending the City Council Meeting on tomorrow, Monday December 17 at 6:15 pm at City Hall. The Lubbock Chapter of the West Texas Accountability Project is going to present the Council with a list of ordinances that we think are important. The more people at the meeting in support of our presentation, the more likely the council is to take our request seriously.

      Thanks for your support and keep the faith!

      Louise Sanders for the West Texas Accountability Project

    13. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • john pelley LUBBOCK, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Lubbock is suffering from the conservation entertainment complex story line that climate change is made up. If we don't get smart a little faster, we won't have any water to ration. We need to preserve our water for the future.

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    • Dorieta Rogers LUBBOCK, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS BEING RAILROADED ON THE PUBLIC AND NOT A GOOD ONE. MOVE CAUTIOUSLY

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    • John Brown LUBBOCK, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Save the environment!!!

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    • Carol Thompson SHALLOWATER, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      Firstly, this affects the residents, fauna, and flora of the entire region so a municipality may not allow anything that affects a region. Secondly, replicated, independent studies must be presented that determine the impact on regional water resources and safety for this region, and neighboring state including the degree of impact that devastation of shale stores have on future generations, and the reason that alternative energy sources are not being invested in when there is no energy policy for the region, state and nation.

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    • Lucille Sedgwick LUBBOCK, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      To protect the quality of life in our city from too much oil and gas development which may harm the atmosphere for our families and children besides the extra road damage caused by all the trucks etc.

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