Cities surrounding Fort Worth, including Grapevine, Hurst, Colleyville, Denton, and Flower Mound, are looking at tougher ordinances on gas drilling.
In Fort Worth it’s business as usual.
The city’s Ethics Review Committee upheld an ethics complaint filed after the city appointed oil and gas industry officials to an air quality committee. So what did city officials do? They chastised the resident who filed the complaint, fired the members of the Ethics Review Committee, and vowed to revise the city’s ethics code. And by revise they mean make it perfectly fine to continue the longstanding practice of appointing industry insiders with conflicts of interest as voting members of task forces and committees — even though an independent board just unanimously told them it was unethical.