Written by Phil Cerroni
By Will Jukes
A City of Irving town hall meeting at North Hills Prep on March 18 gave Irving residents the chance to voice their concerns regarding Trinity East Energy LLC’s proposed natural gas drilling operation in the City of Dallas near the Irving border.
Susan Sullivan, a member of The Argyle-Barton Communities Alliance (ABCA), addressed the audience with the cautionary tale of childhood cancer, asthma, and corporate malfeasance.
“A lot of us can't tell our stories. [Many people] had to sign non-disclosure agreements just to get the money to get out of there,” Sullivan said. The ABCA was founded by residents of the town of Argyle in 2010 to combat a waste disposal project in their community which, they claim, caused severe, often tragic health problems in members of their community.
Despite the accusations, Trinity East did not send a representative. Doug Janeway, chief development officer for the City of Irving, said that Irving officials have met with Trinity East about the planning process and the environmental challenges.
“They've presented to our planning development sub-committee [and] Parks and Recreation,” Janeway said. “They've come forward, President [sic] Tom Blanton has made those presentations to various boards with the City of Irving, to let them know what their plans are for drilling in Dallas.”