Gas drilling task force nominees announced

Nine people have been nominated to serve on a committee that will help the city set standards for gas drilling. Three are experts on drilling. Three are oil and gas industry representatives. And three are citizens or environmental group representatives.

The experts on drilling are Terry Welch, an attorney; Margaret Keliher, an attorney and former Dallas County Judge who is now executive director of Texas Business for Clean Air; and David Sterling, chairman of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Industry representatives are Bruce Bullock, director of the Maguire Energy Institute at the SMU Cox School of Business; David Biegler, chairman and chief executive of Southcross Energy GP; and Patrick Shaw, an attorney specializing in oil and gas law.

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The citizen or environmental group representatives are Ramon Alvarez of the Environmental Defense Fund; Cherelle Blazer, founder of You Can’t Live in the Woods, a nonprofit dedicated to improving urban life; and John McCall, an attorney and Oak Cliff resident who is a past president of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League.

City Council is expected to approve the nominations in a meeting next week.

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