Don Young, head of FWCanDo (Fort Worth Citizens Against Neighborhood Drilling Ordinance), isn't happy with the Greater Meadowbrook Mineral Leasing Task Force's decision to recommend a gas lease deal with XTO Energy.
He notes FWCanDo's genesis was in the Meadowbrook area of east Fort Worth. "Eastsiders were informed early on about environmental and safety tradeoffs that erase much of the expected windfall," he writes on FWCanDo's blog. "We pulled back the veils on corrupt elected officials and their industry-friendly ordinance. We scoffed at hte misleaing language of industry ad campaigns. We questioned the ethical lapses of our daily newspaper. We knew about the risk that gas drilling posed to our neighborhood integrity."
For these reasons, he writes he expected the Meadowbrook task force to tell any interested gas companies to "take their gas wells and shove 'em." Click here to visit Young's blog.
-- Scott Nishimura
(Photo: Young at a 2005 protest in east Fort Worth)