Check out the S-T's front page Saturday morning. Here's a tease to the story from Mike Lee, one of our Fort Worth City Hall reporters and an author of this blog, that you'll see there:
He was leading a community meeting on the North Side, the neighborhood where he grew up, in the parish hall where his parents recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
He was telling a crowd of about 40 residents that the city was about to spend $4.8 million to fix up Rockwood Park.
But the group wanted to talk about the source of the money: a natural gas well next to the park.
The residents, including Fort Worth school trustee Camille Rodriguez, were concerned about noise, truck traffic, pipelines, the potential for accidents. They felt like they hadn’t gotten enough notice about the drilling site.
“If we can do this right, we can benefit the park and we can protect the neighborhood,” Espino said. “If, for whatever reason it doesn’t work, you can hold me accountable.”
The tension over gas drilling is becoming more common as natural gas drilling pushes into the center of Fort Worth.
- Negotiations are still going on about saltwater injection wells used to dispose of gas drilling waste.
- Most recently, opponents of a drilling site in a grove of trees next to the Trinity River hike-and-bike trail learned that the ordinance doesn’t consider the trail system a park. More than 1,200 people signed a petition opposing the site.