update May 2015
Found this video today. The outcome was to deny Rush Creek-everybody cleared out and didn’t stay to help me defend the CowboyStadium/Truman vote and they approved that one….but this video makes me appreciative that at least when people get organized in affluent neighborhoods…yeah not fair huh?
Back in June of 2010 residents were divided as to where the drill site should go. http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/06/27/2296835/chesapeake-residents-at-odds-over.html This time, they are at odds with the new address of the southwest corner of Bowen and Bardin which will be more prominent in sight just south of I20. TAD records shows the 55 acres at 4950 S Bowen has lost over half it’s value. In 2010 it was worth $2.5 million and is now at $1.2 million or $22,000 an acre. http://www.tad.org/datasearch/re.cfm?Account=%28%2F%214NK%2D%5C%3FJ%20L%20 Contrast that with the $38,000 an acre just east at the Harold Patterson Sports Center which did not lose half it’s value. Neither did Veterans Park at $43,600 an acre. The disparity in land value makes one wonder if it is by design or by desperation to entice a business to come in and co-exist near this drill site at bargain basement pricing.
Last September George Hoyer was reported as keeping tabs on who did not get renewal lease bonuses and organized a neighborhood meeting last August that drew about 400 people. http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewnewspaged/articleid/5408652/pageid/2
In a recent blog, Hoyer recapped that Oak Lake Homeowners Association were well represented in support of the new location at the P&Z meeting early last month. Hoyer blogged,“The noise, traffic, health hazards and inconvenience of the industrial drill site will not impact them.” He advised that “The days of $15,850/acre signing bonus checks are over and Chesapeake will try to lease your minerals for as little as possible….don’t be in a hurry to lease your minerals.” http://dharthomes.blogspot.com/2012/01/swapo-news-from-wimbledon-area-by.html
Tuesday you can expect to hear from the senior residents on a fixed income asking council to approve the drill site along with the NIMBY’s in distressed disapproval. A new website http://nofracbowen.com/ states the need to preserve southwest Arlington, and a “Frack Off” banner is visible in the area. The website also points folks to yet another Arlington blogger concerned of the handling of flood waters at the Arlington Barron drill site. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/arlington-flooded-drill-site-fracking-class-c-offense-philly-suing-drbc-banned-fracking/
P&Z has approved this based on “land use” considerations and not environmental issues, however the fact that this site is within 300 feet of the flood plain is concerning as Oak Lake is in the area. How ironic that some folks wanted the drilling so the additional revenue could improve the lake if flooding near an industrial site increases its risk of actually contaminating it.
The Arlington City Council will hold a public hearing on the two Rush Creek zoning cases on Tuesday as well as a vote to permit two wells near the Cowboy Stadium on January 24 at 6:15 at 101 W Abram St. Get involved if you have a preference in having an industrial drill site in your neighborhood or near the Entertainment District.