DALLAS -- The controversial attempt to locate gas drilling rigs on Dallas park land was rejected Thursday afternoon by Dallas City Planning Commissioners.
Commissioners voted 8-to-7 against Trinity East Energy's request for a zoning change allowing them to drill for gas on a piece of city park land that includes a soccer fields, a golf course, and nature trails.
This is the second time commissioners have rejected the attempt to rezone the park land to allow drilling. The first attempt was last December, and commissioners postponed the second attempt at a decision in February.
The city council chambers were packed with opponents, about fifty of whom lined up to speak against the zoning request.
"We need to stop with this 20th century dependence on fossil fuels," said drilling opponent Kristi Lara.
Now that planning commissioners have twice denied drilling on city park land, it will take a super majority vote of city council members to overturn Thursday’s vote.
“Obviously we are disappointed,” read a statement distributed by Trinity East Energy following the losing vote. “We appreciate the lengthy consideration that the Planning Commission gave the matter.”