TeCo Marquee Grant
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On August 8th, OOCCL Board of Directors voted to grant TeCo's Bishop Arts Theater $4101.68 towards the purchase of a marquee for their space on 215 S. Tyler in the old Bluebird Theater.  This amount represents 60% of the total $6836.14 that they need.  They have already raise $2400.00.

The League is excited to inject money into this local arts venue and creative outlet as well as make a lasting investment in the Tyler/Jefferson area.  It is our hope that the excitement happening at TeCo spreads further along Tyler and even spills out onto Jefferson where many unique and historic structures still await someone's love and attention.... Like TeCo has given this old heater.

We will be having our Home Tour Reveal meeting TeCo on September 12.  Please come!  More info here.
 
2011 Home Tour
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This year's Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Home Tour will be on October 8 and 9 from 12:00 - 6:00 both days.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities HERE

 
First Public Meeting on Natural Gas Task Force
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Special Thank you to Sherry Peel and Lybo Buchanan for attending this meeting at taking notes.
 
Gas Drilling Task Force Public Hearing - 8/2/2011 - Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St., L1 Conference Room
The "Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force met last night at City Hall to invite public comment as they move forward in their endeavor to make recommendations regarding proposed revisions to the City’s gas drilling zoning and permitting ordinances.

All task force members were present as follows:

Chair: Lois Finkelman

Park and Recreation Board Representative
Joan Walne

Subject Matter Expert
Terry Welch

Margaret Keliher
David Sterling

Industry/Business Representative
Bruce Bullock
David Biegler
Patrick Shaw

Citizen and/or Environmental Group Representative
Ramon Alvarez
Cherelle Blazer
John McCall Jr.

From the Dallas City Council - Delia Jasso (District 1) and Scott Griggs (District 3) were also present.
It was noted that former Dallas mayor, Dwaine Carraway was in attendance as well. It was estimated that around 100 citizens attended the meeting.

Chair, Lois Finkelman opened the meeting, introduced the task force and reiterated their purpose.
She noted that they have been asked to have recommendations concluded by October - early November, 2011.
She also noted that there will be another public meeting with the task force when they are in the process of making the actual recommendations. It was advised that updates and information can be found on the web at:
http://www.DallasGasDrillingTaskForce.com.

Speakers were invited to address the task force with their concerns. Each speaker was allotted a total time of
3 minutes. The majority of the speakers were from the City of Dallas, and they were heard first. Additional speakers were heard from such areas as Grand Prairie, Flower Mound, etc.

Such topics of concern were:
* Water Usage
* Waste Water
* Contaminated Water Issues
* The possibility for Recycling the Water Used in the Process
* Air Quality
* Health Issues as they relate to cancer causing chemicals (i.e. Benzene) involved in the gas drilling process.
* The Dallas Morning News article which outlines U.S. Army Corps of Engineer concern that the fracking of natural gas wells near dams could threaten dam safety.
* Natural Gas Well Accidents and safety issues that could result
* The importance and benefits of natural gas and that it is considered a "clean energy".
* Some expressed that "fracking" has been in existence for many years and is not considered by the industry to be "unsafe".
* Concern for the number of "inspectors" vs. the "number of wells"
* Other cities inviting the City of Dallas to review their zoning and ordinances and citizen concerns based on their current experience with this matter.

All speakers were heard and the meeting was adjourned. 
 
OOCCL August Board Meeting
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Our August meeting will be at 7:00 at La Calle Doce on August 8th.

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