UPDATE Feb 2016, just found this 2009 NBCDFW news report about the ATT Stadium not having drilling UNDER the property for fear of sinking, cracking…
“City Attorney Jay Doegey said there are concerns about the possible risks of drilling under such an expensive and huge structure, The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday. The stadium weighs more than 805 million pounds.
“We don’t want the ground to give and cause it to crack or sink,” Doegey told the newspaper.
Options for drilling are already limited because the 200-acre site is in a developed area, but language in the contract makes it potentially harder to lease the property for drilling.
The language was added before five small earthquakes shook Cleburne. Researchers are examining whether those earthquakes were caused by gas drilling”.
UPDATE Sept 4, 2015 letter my councilman for assistance on if the city issued a valid permit to Chesapeake for their drilling zone.
From: kim feil <email@example.com>
To: Charlie Parker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Robert Rivera <email@example.com>; Lana Wolff <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Robert Shepard <email@example.com>; Jimmy Bennett <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Michael Glaspie <email@example.com>; Sheri Capehart <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Kathryn Wilemon <email@example.com>; Trey Yelverton <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jim Parajon <email@example.com>; Don Crowson <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Collin Gregory <email@example.com>; “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>; Brett Shipp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, September 4, 2015 1:52 PM
Subject: Why and when did the replatt for Truman Drill site occur?-Kelly Hart Atty’s may inquire
UPDATE Jan 2015 I took pictures of businesses’ wall cracks that go to the ceiling on 1/10/15.
From: kim feil <email@example.com>
To: Robert Cluck <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Robert Rivera <email@example.com>; Robert Shepard <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Charlie Parker <email@example.com>; Michael Glaspie <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jimmy Bennett <email@example.com>; Lana Wolff <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Sheri Capehart <email@example.com>; Kathryn Wilemon <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Trey Yelverton <email@example.com>; Don Crowson <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Susan Schrock <email@example.com>; “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>; Cynthia Simmons <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Buzz Pishkur <email@example.com>; Bridgett White <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jim Parajon <email@example.com>; Tony Rutigliano <firstname.lastname@example.org>; “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Cindy Powell <email@example.com>; Collin Gregory <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Brett Shipp <email@example.com>; Stuart Young <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Roger Venables <email@example.com>; “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:23 AM
Subject: Check the stadium for frack cracks as businesses north on Collins have cracks
The Truman, Chesapeake drill site is in the eyeshot of the ATT Cowboys Stadium. Here is one of the City Council meetings on 1/4/11 …http://arlingtontx.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=733&meta_id=85939
Note the boldfaced dates on the history timeline below of the (Truman) Chesapeake drill site that is located at the Arlington Downtown / Entertainment District lines.
The permit to drill “IN”our Entertainment District was eventually allowed. The children speakers are important to note, but you can jump to the 54 minute mark to hear a citizen concerned for the safety of the structural integrity of the stadium. At the 1:13 mark you can hear our good doctor Mayor Cluck joke about him not being afraid of the stadium cracking.
If you go to minute 49:48 in the video you can see landlord Jacob Kohanan, who was later paid off to the tune of about $12,000 (per an in person meeting w/Jacob and Ricardo Sandoval/$16K or 17K) over the Christmas holidays in 2010), speaking against the gas well. Jacob was one of three (who does not live in the affected area) landowners whose vote was bought off in time for the next meeting. (2016 Feb update…I recorded Jacob Kohanan who said he didn’t get as much as promised)
In this hearing, former councilman, (Meth) Mel, moved to table the vote to Jan 18, 2011, but that wasn’t enough time for Chesapeake to buy off three landowners signatures…“On January 18, 2011, City Council agreed to Chesapeake’s request to leave this case tabled until the February 8, 2011 City Council meeting.”
Another thing Chesapeake did to ramrod the stadium (Truman) drill site so close to people was to “gerrymander out” those opposed that were/ARE within the 600 ft setback.
Here is the WFAA coverage…
They brought before council a “new” permit request for a well positioned (a few/several feet/yards?) more south. This well is closer to Division St where mathematically they had more favorable votes of approving signatures of land owners there….”
Here is the news coverage of that gerrymander event..
On March 22, 2011, City Council approved gas well permit GW10-126 for the Bobcat 1H gas well by a vote of 8-1-0”.
In many cases “I” was the one informing the managers at these businesses who leased from these absentee landowners that their new neighbor was to be a drill site. Minorities working at some of these businesses who signed my petition (500 signatures in all) were against being too close to this pad site.
Later, on 9/4/12, council had a chance to prevent future drilling (beyond the three gas wells already allowed) if only they would have denied the SUP for the drilling zone where future gas wells get administrative approval. Go to 17 min into this video to see the Chesapeake rep explain to council how they were able to get an extra needed vote (due to replatting of the land) so as to count Apple Nine’s vote.
Apple Nine leased hundreds of properties to Chesapeake and has since sold the majority of that land to a Ft Worth realtor who sold it …..back to Chesapeake. Chesapeake eventually bought the 5.2 acres adjacent to their Truman pad site land from Apple Nine on 11/1/13 and now rightfully owns their own stinking mess. I say stinking because when they were drilling out the plugs of the Bobcat well the end of January earlier that year, a stinch eveloped the area over a two day period. The odor came into MY home and my mother-in-law was there and “took a cold that night”.. she is very healthy and hardly ever ever sick….my eyes were buring…in my own home!
The next day I found that those north of the drill site across from the stadium had employees and apartment residents that were sickened. But the media didn’t report this. That same year in September of 2013, I recorded an employee on the fenceline who spoke of dump-like odor. Here is that video account.
I visited the Autozone later in April, 2014 and recorded this heartbreaking health concerns statement….
It is worth noting that is lady at the Autozone was the manager that would not let me get petition signatures from her employees. I contacted their headquarters and they were basicly nonresponsive.
With the eventual approval of the Chesapeake drill site 2,500 feet from the ATT Cowboys Stadium, we just had a 2.4 earthquake (frackquake) last Sunday morning (9/7/14) where the epicenter was close to this drill site.
I hope the background as to how Chesapeake devalued prime property near the stadium ($12 million over 5 yrs in lost taxable revenue) infuriates every good soul’d Arlington resident into action to urge our city to take Chesapeake to court for such manipulation.
We need to demand our council to not approve any more drilling zones, and at the very least stand firm on our 600 foot setback rule in our ordinance.
Recently Councilman Shepard loopholed our ordinance to allow for drilling closer than 300 feet if you can believe that….
”Where wells exist on a drill site additional wells may [sic] be drilled and drill zones may be established within 300 feet (91440 mm) of buildings with an occupancy in group A, E, or I. If feasible, additional wells shall not be located closer to the buildings than existing wells.”
Here are some pics of the 1/4/11 meeting….