Denton Drilling Awareness Group/Frack Free Denton
For immediate release: Oct 10, 2014
Contact: Cathy McMullen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 940.600.4122
Fracking ban opponents attempt to change rules of Oct 14 debate
Denton Taxpayers for a Strong Economy’s board members refuse to engage without trial attorney
Oct 10 – Today the Denton Drilling Awareness Group announced it would not participate in a public debate scheduled for next Tuesday, October 14th, to have been hosted by the Denton Republican and Democratic Parties. Denton DAG agreed to participate in the forum with only one stipulation: that the opposing view be presented by “a current member of the Denton Taxpayers for a Strong Economy’s board”.
“Denton Taxpayers for a Strong Economy epitomizes the oil and gas industry that they’re defending,” said Denton Drilling Awareness Group President Cathy McMullen. She continued, “Rather than comply with the rules, fracking industry advocates are trying to change them to suit their interests. We do not agree.”
The letter sent to the chair of the Denton Republican Party chair, Dianne Edmondson, and the Denton Democratic Party chair, Phyllis Wolper, reads as follows —
Dear Ms. Edmondson and Ms. Wolper:
The Denton Drilling Awareness Group board will not participate in the October 14th forum unless either Bobby Jones or Randy Sorrells is Denton Taxpayers for a Strong Economy’s sole representative as a speaker at the forum.
Our original stipulation was “a current member of the Denton Taxpayers for a Strong Economy’s board”.
Mr. Hayes was not listed as a member of Denton Taxpayers’ board, or even as a donor, on its campaign filings. He was not listed as a board member on this organization’s website when this discussion began, and still is not listed as one as of this writing. Mr. Jones and Mr. Sorrells are apparently unwilling to defend their cause personally and in public. Instead they prefer to engage a trial attorney. We do not agree.
To be clear, we are not arguing the point nor opening a discussion; we are informing you as a courtesy.
Denton Drilling Awareness Group Board
Denton Drilling Awareness Group is the organization backing the Frack Free Denton campaign to ban hydraulic fracturing within Denton, Texas City limits. It is comprised entirely of volunteers who are also residents of Denton.