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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says a $30 million lawsuit filed Thursday by Trinity East Energy is the latest in a “game of poker.” The gas drilling company is suing the city, claiming it breached a contract that would have allowed it to drill on city property. 

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The Dallas City Council has killed plans to drill for natural gas on three tracts of land in the northwest part of the city. Concerns about the drilling on park land and in the floodplain trumped worries about the city getting sued.

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It appears the Dallas Plan Commission is taking a tougher stand on gas drilling than the city’s drilling task force recommended. Plan Commissioners are crafting the new ordinance to regulate drilling in Dallas.

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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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Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm takes the hot seat Wednesday at City Hall.  The mayor has requested an explanation of the Trinity East Energy gas drilling lease, and the surprise plans to drill on city park land.

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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.

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Next month, the Dallas City Plan Commission will reconsider its denial of gas drilling permits for Trinity East Energy.  But, some at the commission meeting thought a do-over was a bad idea.

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UPDATE 10:45am:  The re-vote on gas drilling permits for Trinity  East Energy may not happen today. Three city council members have sent a letter to the Plan Commission Chairman asking him to delay reconsideration of the permits.

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The Dallas City Plan Commission voted against natural gas drilling permits on three sites in northwest Dallas on Thursday.  That move becomes an influential recommendation to the Dallas City Council, which will have the final say on the start of drilling in Dallas.  That vote will come next month. 

Gas drilling in Dallas could take a leap forward Thursday.  The City Plan Commission is to vote on a request to drill for natural gas on three sites in northwest Dallas.

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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.