Sen. Wendy Davis told the press this morning about new measures aimed at natural gas drillers. The measures will help state officials “gather more data, hold drilling companies more accountable, and ensure the ongoing positive impact of Barnett Shale drilling on area communities.”
Davis said she has worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to create new steps to monitor the industry.
“The goal was to ensure we are protecting the health of our families and children,” the senator said. “I am proud to have helped identify constructive solutions to address some of our communities’ urban gas drilling concerns.”
At least one neighborhood activist isn’t ready to jump on the hoorah train.
Don Young, founder of Fort Worth Citizens Against Neighborhood Drilling Ordinance (FWCanDo), sees the new measures as “a lot of hand wringing and pretending to do something but not really getting anything done.”
Young said Davis was too friendly with the industry during her years on the Fort Worth City Council when important drilling ordinances were being made. As a senator, she’s pretty much the same, he said.
The new measures involve a state agency that has rarely shown much backbone when it comes to monitoring drillers, he said.
“Wendy has been talking to the industry and the state regulators too much and not listening to the people,” Young said. “I have no confidence in her.”
Young said Davis could make a better impact by using the Texas OGAP standards for drilling as her blueprint for change.