Calvin Tillman expects to soon be known as the former mayor of Dish.
The persistent drilling critic believes that he's close to finalizing a sale of his house. He plans to move his family out of the tiny Denton town by early next month, he said.
Dish sits near several large compressor stations that process natural gas from the Barnett Shale. Tillman said he included in the sale contract that the buyer had to watch Gasland before the deal closed. The film, nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, takes a critical eye on the impact of natural gas drilling and devotes about 10 minutes to the Barnett Shale, including some time on Tillman and Dish.
"And I thought surely after they watched Gasland, they won't buy it, but that didn't deter them," Tillman said.
Tillman put his house on the market last year after his family began experiencing symptoms such as nosebleeds that he believes were due to nearby drilling-related operations. He is losing money on the sale, he said. He eventually plans to relocate to Aubrey, northeast of Denton. He chose the town in part because he expects it to remain outside of the Barnett Shale's active drilling region.
Tillman's term as mayor expires in May. He said the Town Council will decide how to handle his departure once he officially informs them that he is no longer a Dish resident.
Tillman plans to remain involved in drilling issues partly via ShaleTest, a nonprofit organization he helped launch last year to fund air and water tests in communities affected by drilling. He also confirmed that Dish is preparing to sue some or all of the companies operating gas compressors near the town.
Aman Batheja, 817-390-7695