Tonight City Council voted against an issue heard by our Planning & Zoning (P&Z) board. Above is some video footage from the P&Z meeting where it won approval by only one vote. I told my teenager that the next time that we would win this, but I never dared to dream it would be denied by a unanimous vote.
Exxon’s XTO driller at the Eden and Matlock drill site in south central Arlington wanted to expand an existing 12 gaswell padsite to hold an olympic sized above ground frack pool to finish fracking 4 wells…
But council denied this “luxury” as they already had a frack pond, and was not planning to drill any new wells at this time. One council member did acknowledge “valid” citizen concerns.
Tonight at the City Council meeting we had 13 opposed and 10 speakers.
Kimberly Franklin had a great point about how the fence distance to the pool was reduced by 50% in what the fire dept has as code.
Jane Lynn organized us to show up in solidarity. She reminded council how our P&Z chair and co-chair voted against this recently and how the 2010 drilling mud incident from this site into the neighborhood was not on the city’s 911 incident report.
Faith Chatham had remarks about the H2S odors in that area and how TCEQ isn’t responsive in time.
Jerry Pikulinski cut to the cheese and asked council if they wanted this pool in their neighborhood.
JR Nicholson (as shown in this video) came prepared with his H2S monitor and let council hear what it sounds like when it goes off, he also had an audio recording of the fracking sounds and is convinced being downwind is a death sentence for his neighborhood as he counts numerous alleged early deaths due to proximity to fumes and plumes he’s personally witnessed.
XTO/Exxon’s, Walter Dueease, was asked if XTO had insurance if the olympic sized pool for their water source for fracking were to flood out people’s homes, and he said he thought it was under an umbrella policy.
Paul Ulrich (who speaks at the end of this video & who was one of the residents that had the drilling mud spill in his yard) testified …“ I personally witnessed a 9 foot deep sinkhole develop less than 1500 feet from the proposed frac pool. If a sink hole twelve feet deep were to develop under the wall of this pool, the liner would fall into the hole and water would gush out, 16,800,000 pounds of water at 806 pounds per square inch of hydrostatic force. An earthquake would have the same effect.”
After the meeting I questioned how we had ALL Council’s votes as this was a quick departure from the positive tone of the day session…..something happened to invoke an unexpected, unanimous vote from our usual “yes to any and everything drilling related council”. Paul Ulrich told me he prayed earlier today and that this vote tonight was a God thang...yes it was-yes it was!