Mike Rawlings on Energy & Oil



Never support drilling that creates safety hazard

[Rawlings] showed up at a screening of the powerful anti-drilling film Gasland, where he promised residents he would never vote for anything that made them unsafe. Anti-drilling activist Raymond Crawford said he had reservations about Rawlings during the campaign but is being won over. "It appeared that he was a candidate that was pre-selected by the Dallas Citizens Council. I think he's dispelled those impressions pretty easily," Crawford said.
Source: By Rudolph Bush in Dallas News, "Nuanced" , Oct 1, 2011

Moratorium on gas drilling; no fracking until proven safe

At a campaign forum in far western Oak Cliff's Mountain Creek neighborhood last night, David Kunkle and Mike Rawlings each said that if elected mayor, they'd push for a moratorium on gas drilling. Rawlings too said it was at least too soon to know if gas drilling would be safe in Dallas, and said he'd call for a moratorium. He's particularly worried about what happens to the spent fracking water once it's trucked away from the drill sites, and said he would never have supported leasing city land to gas drillers in the first place.

"As mayor, if I need to go and sell gas rights to make the budget, I'm not a very good mayor. You need a mayor that is able to grow the pie in a clean and productive way," he said, not necessarily referring to pizza, but maybe.

Source: Patrick Michels in Dallas Observer , May 4, 2011

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