Dallas parks, bike trails, flood plain leased to gas company




Posted on May 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 6:23 PM

DALLAS — A new map shows that Dallas city parks and large stretches of the Trinity River are areas being targeted by a gas company for drilling.

City officials released the map, which was based on a lease agreement it has with gas company Trinity East.

It shows that Dallas has leased out thousand of acres of city property to Trinity East from Royal Lane along the river toward downtown Dallas.

It includes Crown Park, the bike trails at California Crossing and LB Houston Golf course.

"I was very surprised to see dangerous gas drilling being proposed where there is heavy usage, or heavy usage planned in the future, with soccer fields and other amenities," said City Council member Scott Griggs.

Griggs requested the map be made to give residents a visual idea of what public land has been leased.

The Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force is meeting May 16 to discuss regulations and to hear from the public on the proposals.

Opponents are asking the city to protect areas like parks and flood plains with a buffer zone.

"We can create a world-class park system along our only natural geographical features, such as the Trinity —  or we can view that as wasted land, and create a river of gas wells," said Zac Trahan, program director for the Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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