On Monday, October 27, 2014, a debate will pit former DISH, Texas Mayor Calvin Tillman against "Fracknation" producer Phelim McAleer. The event will happen at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute located at 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75244, Building H, Room H125, starting at 7:00 PM. The debate moderator will be announced once confirmed. The event will feature the two debaters squaring off over opposing claims about the safety and practicality of oil and gas production using hydraulic fracturing, and will include an audience question and answer period. The debate is open to the public, but seating is limited to 160, so come early for a chair in the lecture hall.
The City Council has assigned the City Plan Commission the task of reviewing task force recommendations and crafting a draft ordinance that the City Council will either adopt without changes, adopt with changes or not adopt at all. Meanwhile, drilling permit applications are not going forward much to the chagrin of drilling companies.
Currently, the CPC is holding bi-weekly briefings in which Assistant City Attorney Tammy Palomino and Interim Director of Sustainable Development David Cossum are providing staff guidance for writing a new ordinance, often without regard to what the CPC has already decided it wants to recommend. These briefings are being held at Dallas City Hall in the City Council Chamber on Thursday mornings at 8:30 AM and lasting until all topics for that day have been discussed. The schedule for remaining briefings and public hearings is as follows:
8:30 - 9:00 am - Review of drafted provisions of the Ordinance
9:00-10:30 am - Finish discussion of topics from previous meeting
10:30-11:00 am - Recap
Summary of discussion for the day
Revisit previous topics
11:00 am - 1:30 pm - CPC Briefing (working lunch)
CPC Public hearing - Gas Drilling - 3nd and LAST Public Hearing on Gas Drilling at CPC
After public hearing - vote to make recommendations to City Council
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