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The Dallas City Plan Commission has reaffirmed intentions to require a 1500 foot buffer zone, or setback, between gas wells and so-called protected uses, like homes.  

Drilling opponent Gary Stuard was at Thursday's City Hall hearing on the new drilling ordinance Plan Commissioners are crafting.  He thanked them for increasing the setback.

"Citizens come first before business," Stuard told Commissioners. "Citizens should never be sacrificed on the altar of profit.”

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Gas drilling on park land in northwest Dallas has been turned down for a second time.  The City Plan Commission heard three hours of debate over drilling permits for Trinity East Energy.

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There could be fireworks at Dallas City Hall Thursday afternoon when the City Plan Commission takes a second vote on gas drilling permits. 

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Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm admits her staff added a piece of city park land to a gas drilling lease without City Council approval.

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Debate over the first permits to drill for natural gas in Dallas heated up at the City Plan Commission meeting as drilling opponents alleged a backroom deal, and City Plan Commissioners delayed reconsideration of gas drilling permits on park land and in the floodplain until March 21st.

Plans for natural gas drilling in Dallas took an unexpected twist this week.  One of the major players is putting plans to drill on hold.