Say No to Natural Gas Drilling Near Dallas Cowboy Stadium
  • Petitioned Mayor Cluck

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Mayor, Arlington TX
Mayor Cluck
Arlington City Council
Robert Shepard
Dallas Cowboys Owner
Jerry Jones
Dallas Cowboys Stadium Manager
Jack Hill
Arlington City Council
Sheri Capehart
Arlington City Council
Robert Rivera
Arlington City Council
Kathryn Wilemon
Arlington City Council
Gene Patrick
Arlington City Council
Jimmy Bennett
Arlington City Council
Mel LeBlanc
Arlington City Council
Lana Wolff

Say No to Natural Gas Drilling Near Dallas Cowboy Stadium

    1. Kim Feil
    2. Petition by

      Kim Feil

      Arlington, TX

Hundreds of thousands of people have descended on Arlington, Texas for Superbowl XLV. Most did not know about the ongoing environmental justice battle within the shadow of the stadium, a mere 2,500 feet away.

Arlington is in the heart of the a gas drilling boom going on in North Texas using a dangerous method popularly known as "fracking." In fracking communities around the country, from North Texas to Pennsylvania, residents who live near drilling operations are getting sick. The water contamination in nearby Parker County, Texas is so bad that one homeowners had his garden hose recently spewing flames. 



On February 22, 2011, the Arlington City Council may vote on Chesapeake Energy's proposed drill site near the stadium: "Gas Well Permit GW10-74 (Truman 1H at 310 North Collins Street)."  It is in a low-income area and Chesapeake chose to contact only a portion of property owners, not renters, business owners, managers or employees in the immediate area.

People have a right to know that a major fossil fuel extraction, industrial project is about to take place and pump toxic chemicals through the shale with no regard for how much of that flows back and can potentially migrate into an aquifer that supplies our municipal drinking water. They also need to know that a Cornell University study by Professor Howarth estimates that natural gas may even be dirtier than coal when you factor in methane leakage, hydrofracking, and transportation. 

And people have a right to fight for their homes. Within 600 feet is low income multi family housing and an established mobile home park. Many are indeed fighting: The permit does not even have the required support of 60 percent of the landowners within 600 feet of the drill site, yet drilling proponents (like the city and possibly Jerry Jones himself) are eager to profit from the revenues the project would bring. Almost 500 people in the immediate area have opposed the project through signatures I have gathered.

This project, near the Dallas Cowboys stadium will bring thousands of trucks per well traveling through the Entertainment District. Sitting in traffic could hardly be entertaining, especially in the summer time when oxygen levels seems to be anything but pure and plentiful. At peak summer, "Barnett Shale Breathers" (as named in Facebook) can expect condensate and oil tank emissions in tons per day to increase as follows....Volatile Organic Compounds by 389%, Hazardous Air Pollutants by 1,746%, Methane (which is 20 times more climate warming than CO2) by 233%,  and Carbon Dioxide by at least 224%. This info was derived from our own EPA region head, Dr Al Armendariz, Ph.D.

The City Council should deny this permit, or at least consider an alternative (albeit pricier) piece of property at 1111 East Division Street, which would not be in the immediate airshed of workers and residents and would solve the traffic dilemma.  Our ordinance states that council should look at alternate sites, yet Council member LeBlanc has told me that the $5 million dollar alternate site would be an eye sore.

What's more Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should speak out against this permit.  He should care about the inherent industrial risks, possible terriorist threat target, and air quality for his team, employees and visitors around his stadium. Unlike the mayor of Arlington, we are counting on Mr Jerry Jones to value the opinion of people around the country, especially as national attention is about to be focused on the site for the Super Bowl.

Ask Jerry Jones to oppose this project immediately, and ask the Arlington City Council to deny this permit.

(For updates on this story please follow Change.org's Environment page on on Facebook or Twitter.)

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Fracking to Go Forward Near Dallas Cowboys Stadium

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      The Arlington City Council has just rolled out the red carpet for Chesapeake Energy to drill a fracking gas well only a few thousand feet from the Dallas Cowboys football stadium.
      In a meeting last week, officials approved one well after giving the...

    2. Chesapeake Energy Gerrymanders Its Way to Arlington Frack Site Approval

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      In her dogged fight to stop Chesapeake Energy from drilling in her neighborhood and near the Dallas Cowboys stadium, Arlington, TX resident Kim Feil has managed to stall a controversial project's approval before a City Council that has rubber stamped...

    3. Kim Feil
      Petition Organizer

      I just found out that Chesapeake is planning on moving the first location of the well bore (probably a few feet) on the same proposed piece of land so that they would gerrymander OUT those residential and church properties that are opposed to being within 600 feet. Now they will be just outside of 600 feet. It is a sneaky thing to do, but doesn't surprise me. They only need 5 council members to approve this and Chesapeake gets to drill within 2,500 feet of the stadium in our low income neighborhood. This is really bad news. Thank you all for signing the petition it was a good effort and Chesapeake decided to have their own petition drive for this site on their website.

      The mayor said at one of the day sessions that his "rub" would be opening up the public hearing again for this case...I'm so sorry he has to listen to us beg.

      FYI recently I learned about a produced water spill in our water supply. Ft Worth had an overturned frac truck and it spilled into our storm water drainage. The city next to us had an XTO frac blowout (near an apartment complex) that the media nor the driller has reported. Unprecedented flaring was occurring near Joe Pool Lake by a damn. South Arlington had a sonic boom hiss sound that scared people and dropped some to their knees as Chesapeake was testing a pressure line. The gas patch is a fearful and risky place to live.

      PS. For those that can come to our city council meeting, please show up and sign an opposition card (or speak) on March 22 2011 at 101 W Abram St.
      Sign in begins at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7pm.

      Sincerely,
      Kim Feil

      visit my youtube "Can't You See It's Acid Raining" message to our mayor Dr Cluck

      Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
      Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, Nuisance

      No person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
      air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
      of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely
      affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
      as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation,
      or property.

      Ask your driller if they use for a less radioactive flow back

    4. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Read this New York Times expose about the dangers of hydrofracking:

    5. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Gasland didn't win for Best Documentary at the Oscars last night, but the film has done wonders for raising awareness about fracking in Texas and around the country. Director Josh Fox vows to "fight" on this issue until the real battle is one:

    6. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      The Fort Worth Star-Telegram covered the delays in the vote for this project, and interviews Kim Feil:

    7. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Kim Feil reports that there was a recent drill spill in Lake Arlington, which supplies the city's drinking water—her "worst fears confirmed."

    8. Reached 9 signatures
    9. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      The Arlington City Council meets again tomorrow. Will they finally vote on this project?

    10. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Check out Gasland's Facebook page for updates on director Josh Fox's trip to Capitol Hill, where he explained the dangers of fracking to Congress:

    11. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      It's one week before the Academy Awards, where fracking issues will take center stage with the documentary Gasland up for an award.

    12. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      In reporting Kim Feil's story, I've learned about the amazing work of a whole community of activists in Texas. Check out the Bluedaze blog for one great example:

    13. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Anatomy of a gas well:

    14. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, you know "fracking" issues have really hit the big time when the gas industry starts lobbying Academy Award judges:

    15. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the new photo on this petition: Kim Feil's house on Super Bowl Sunday. She's a Steelers fan because Pittsburgh has banned natural gas drilling.

    16. At the Super Bowl, Local Gas Drilling Activists Are Steelers Fans

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Kim Feil was snowed in on Friday in Arlington, TX, as football fans from around the country struggled to revise their Super Bowl travel plans.
      She'll have no trouble getting to the stadium. She lives right nearby. Except if she visits the Big Game on...

    17. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Just chatted with Kim Feil, the petition creator. She's snowed in over in Texas, but is hoping to protest these gas wells on Super Bowl Sunday.

    18. Reached 8 signatures
    19. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Petition creator Kim Feil reports that she's working on getting permits to protest these gas wells during the Super Bowl. She's in consultation with the ACLU, since she has been stopped from protesting near the stadium before.

    20. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Watch this Fox News clip to meet Kim Feil and check out the amazing impact of her petition!

    21. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Next weekend, the Cowboys will host the Super Bowl. Will the Arlington City Council protect future visitors by voting down these gas wells?

    22. Chesapeake Energy's Hail Mary Pass to Drill Near Dallas Cowboys Stadium

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Will Chesapeake Energy really get to frack gas wells less than 3,000 feet from the Dallas Cowboys football stadium?
      Kim Feil, an Arlington activist just blocks from the proposed site, has been asking that question for months.
      And through her...

    23. To Stop Gas Drilling, Arlington Activist Takes BlackBerries By Storm

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      A giant gas company's forward rush to drill near the Dallas Cowboys stadium is being held up by one activist, and a blitz of media coverage generated by her Change.org petition has been an enormous boost to her cause.
      Last night, the Arlington City...

    24. Texas Gas Drilling Activist Takes Back Her Neighborhood

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      A big worry out of Texas lately is the "millions on the line" as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones mulls which corporate sponsor will get naming rights for his brand new stadium, the host to Super Bowl XLV on February 6th.
      A mere 3,000 feet away from...

    25. There's a Reason More than 1/2 of Americans Know Gas Drilling Jargon

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Just a few years ago, only those die-hard fans of Battlestar Galactica could call the word "frack" part of their vocabulary.
      A lot changes in a few years.
      A national non-partisan poll out yesterday reveals an astounding figure: Nearly 3 in 5...

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    Reasons for signing

    • D. Shepard SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      No more freaking fracking! These companies are more than socially irresponsible and greedy.

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    • susan b davis MIDLOTHIAN, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      this stuff is just lethal! when the water turns to fire! please sign

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    • Jeffrey Hyman ROCKVILLE, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      I don't even care about toxic chemicals in drinking water. If we don't end all fossil fuel industry immediately, the planet turns into Venus, completely dead, void of all life, a billion years earlier than it would have otherwise.

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    • Carla Turner ELMVALE, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      After seeing the movie 'Gasland' I am shocked, horrified, and appauled- to put it mildly- about what is going on with hydraulic fracturing in the natural gas companies. I think it is criminal to allow what it happening to continue. The affects of hydraulic fracturing on the environment including our health are devastating. We cannot let this continue. We all deserve to have the right to clean water, fresh breathable air, nature that is thriving and full of life, and optimal health. If the natural gas companies continue to do what they are doing, this will all be compromised for the sake of profit for a few.

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    • Kareem Matlock ARLINGTON, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm relocating to the Arlington, TX area. So i'm taking a vested intrest in this. I'm not just an outsider expressing an opinion. I will soon be a resident of the Arlington, Tx area. I'm concerned for my and my families health.

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