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LISD Board Considering Change in Media Policy: Bloggers Not Welcomed

Lewisville ISD Notes
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/19 10:20:00 (6169 reads)

As a purposeful slap in the face to citizen journalists and institutions such as this blog, Lewisville ISD has on its agenda tonight a policy change intended to squelch district cooperation with bloggers:

District officials shall cooperate with the news media to ensure complete and accurate coverage of all news and events. District officials may turn down an interview request if official press credentials are not presented or available.
To be considered a member of the media, reporters should be employed by a print or broadcast media outlet that has an official publication with a formal form of distribution. Broadcast media outlets are required to have an official timed newscast measured by the Neilson Rating System.


We're fighting this. Join us tonight at 7pm at the school board meeting.
Bolin Administrative Center, 1565 W. Main Street, Lewisville, Texas

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Texas Blog Roundup - Week ending 10/18/09

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/19 7:54:54 (1495 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

The Texas Progressive Alliance celebrates the start of early voting for the 2009 elections with its always on time weekly blog roundup.

Human tragedies are mounting in the Barnett Shale as study after study shows high levels of toxins in the air. The only ones who can't seem to find anything wrong are the regulators. TXsharon asks, "Will the EPA intervene in Texas?" at Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS.

Why did the US forcibly detain a Mexican human rights advocate? CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants to know.

Bay Area Houston says Tort Reformers in Texas suck.

The Texas Cloverleaf presents the Kay Coward Bailey Hutchison plan for health care mediocrity.

Off the Kuff takes a look at Cameron Todd Willingham's supposed confession, and finds the evidence for it lacking.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson states that no matter what you hear Transportation schemes are continuing, despite “death” of the TTC. EOW also had a guest post this week on the PEC, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC): Who’s Electing Your Board Representative?.

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Lewisville Gas Drilling Update

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/16 8:40:00 (6183 reads)

With natural gas prices back on the rise and the nationwide drilling rig count headed back up, it looks like we're getting closer to neighborhood gas drilling in Lewisville. The current spot price for natural gas is around $3.86, and the nationwide rig count was 1,041 as of October 9th.

On September 30th, driller Titan applied for and received a permit to drill one well in the Prologis tract in Northern Lewisville. Operator Cherokee Horn says they will apply for a city permit for this site, which is located East of McGee Ln., just North of the railroad tracks. Cherokee Horn land manager Field Claytor says the intent is to get both of their Lewisville tracts, Prologis and Ingram permitted with the state and city, then begin drilling when prices get back to the $6 - $7 / MCF range.

The permit for the Prologis site currently only includes a 118 acre non-residential tract, but the site is planned to eventually reach under residential neighborhoods in the area.

In Southern Lewisville, in the neighborhoods where CPANA organized for a better deal for residents, plans are still somewhat up in the air. Originally, it was planned to drill in a 27 acre wooded tract owned by the Ingram family just North of Timber Creek between Valley Parkway and Edmonds Ln. There are some technical problems with the Ingram site, which would require building a road to access, so an alternate site is the property on the Southeast corner of Corporate Dr. and Valley Pkwy., currently owned by the Cotter and the Tomkovich families.

Claytor says that the decision as to which site will be drilled has been given to the City of Lewisville, which will eventually be asked to permit one of them. The Cotter/Tomkovich properties are problematic because even if the drill pad site could be oriented to get the required 500 ft setback from Memorial Park.

Property owner Carol Tomkovich has been trying to sell her property for months, and currently has it under contract with a developer who she believes is planning to redevelop the tract with 15 lots of R-12 houses. Tomkovich had not spoken directly to the developer, having dealt with them through a Realtor, but had been shown a sketch of the proposed development. The Cotters would presumably still live in their house, but would sign a waiver of the required setback.

Although the site on Valley Pkwy. would have the advantage of easier access and less chance of contaminating Trinity River tributary, Timber Creek, many residents signed their gas leases believing the Ingram tract to be the drill site, so the Cotter/Tomkovich property could be closer to their residences.

Claytor says Cherokee Horn continues to lease mineral rights from households throughout the pool area. Some residents continue to hold out, hoping they can stop or delay the drilling.

The Town of Flower Mound is considering amending its drilling ordinance to allow seismic testing on public streets, and the installation of pipelines to carry produced water from well sites to a central tank battery which will store the waste until it can be hauled off and disposed of. Some residents worry that seismic testing could damage streets and foundations of their houses, and that these pipelines might develop leaks that would contaminate the soil.


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Flower Mound Citizens Petition Council to Leave Oil & Gas Ordinance Alone

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/14 10:10:00 (1223 reads)

The Keep Flower Mound Oil and Gas Ordinance Strong petition, asking the Town Council to leave the ordinance alone, has 335 signatures so far.

"Williams Production, with the support of some residents in rural West Flower Mound, wants to change the ordinance to include seismic testing and drilling waste water pipelines. .."

More later...

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Burgess Backs Hutchison for Governor

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/13 18:04:21 (1345 reads)

The Star-Telegram says Micheal Burgess said on the Mark Davis show that he supports Hutchison:

Also during the show, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess reiterated his support for Hutchison to be the next governor. The Lewisville Republican has joined several other members of the Texas Congressional delegation in backing Hutchison.

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Certainly not the first Republican I know of not to back Governor 39%.

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Thoughts on Monday Night

The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/13 0:00:12 (975 reads)

Sigh... where do I start? Hmmm.

Well, first, this Jon and Kate thing. Why do people give a shit? Do we really want to elevate this kind of failure to celebrity status? Stupid people like Nancy Grace and Starr Jones spend way too much time going on about who was at fault and who should pay. You know what? They're stupid. Quit paying attention to them and maybe they'll get real.

And no, I'm not linking to them.

Rick Perry is covering up the execution of an innocent man in the most cynical way possible: Replacing the chairman and members of the Forensic Science Commission who concluded the original arson "evidence" was nothing more than folklore.

But hey, look at this kitten:

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Natural Gas Industry Poisoning Air in Western Denton County

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/12 22:39:26 (1596 reads)

You may recall our "Deep Dish" video that we posted back in February. We drove out to a tiny town in Western Denton County called Dish, where a lot of the gathering pipelines from natural gas wells in the area converge for compression and transmission into major intrastate and interstate pipelines.

In the video, Dish Mayor Calvin Tillman spoke of the smell that residents complain of.

Today major media outlets are finally picking up on the story after the town paid for an air quality study that found alarmingly high levels of toxins like BENZENE in the air.

Check these links:
Reuters: "Contaminants in air around Texas gas town: study"
Denton Record Chronicle: Dish air study detects pollution"
Bluedaze: What the Barnett Shale Brought to DISH,TX

Given that drilling and the accompanying pipelines and compressors are in Flower Mound and coming to Lewisville, I think we need to plan for air quality testing RIGHT NOW.

There have been some interesting observations of fugitive emissions with FLIR (Infrared Thermal Imaging cameras):


I would like for our cities oil and gas inspectors to get some of these cameras and use them. These kinds of emissions ought to be prosecuted, and I mean kick in the door, drag the CEO out of his desk, and shut down the wells until they can prove the problem is fixed.

We have a lot of people here with asthma and COPD. My two sons have asthma, and it's hard enough to deal with even without a lot of hydrocarbon fumes lingering around.

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Texas Blog Roundup - Week ending 10/11/09

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/12 7:58:08 (1094 reads)

The Texas Progressive Alliance is enjoying the fall weather too much to think of a clever opening to this week's blog roundup.

This week on Left of College Station, Teddy writes about what it is like to share a birthday with a war and how we have been unable to learn from the mistakes we have made during the last eight years. In the weekly guest column about teaching in Aggieland, Litia writes about the reasons why they are a teacher. Left of College Station also covers the week in headlines.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notices that Republicans running Texas agencies don't care whether doctors are bad as long as you can't sue.

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What Jesus Said About Homosexuality

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/11 2:51:22 (1250 reads)

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Updated: Parents Say Lewisville ISD Allows Church Groups to Proselytize Students

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/10/7 19:10:00 (8008 reads)

Note: This post has been updated.
Parents denied access
Five Lewisville ISD parents of high school students said that ministers from local churches frequently hang out on campus during student lunch hours, spreading their religious messages to students there.

Campuses mentioned so far are Flower Mound High School and Marcus High School, both in Flower Mound. Churches mentioned so far are Fellowship Church in Grapevine and The Village Church in Highland Village. The Young Life, an evangelical youth organization describing itself as "[bringing] the good news of Jesus Christ into the lives of adolescents with an approach that is respectful of who kids are and hopeful about who they can be."

Parents are upset not just because of the proselytizing by these fundamentalist Christian churches, but by the seeming hypocrisy in the recent censorship of President Obama's motivational "Stay in School" speech (which some conservatives claimed was "indoctrination"), and the complaints of some parents that they are not allowed to enter the school or have lunch with their kids.

One parent even reported that their student was injured at school and the school rebuffed the parent for trying to pick them up to seek medical attention. The student was later punished for having contacted the parent during school.

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