Largest FAULT line found in Barnett Shale at Viridian in Arlington

Jan 23 2016 UPDATE Dallas Morning New reported (third story on YAHOO News) about an XTO fault line map but strangely enough it doesn’t show what is said to be the largest fault line in the Barnett Shale and is said to be at the Viridian in Arlington area…

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‘You’ve just discovered the largest fault in the Barnett Shale.’ “


The 1,800-foot drop off is now formally called Bird’s Fort Fault because the owner, Sam Ware renamed it “The Abyss”


UPDATE:  Viridian was sold July 2015-don’t know the mineral rights ownership disposition. Mr. Kembel (President of Huffines) said at a Jan 2015 neighborhood meeting.“We went out of our way to buy all the minerals so we wouldn’t have any drilling as opposed to ‘opposing it’, we just bought it. That way we put our money where our mouth is and said we’re going to buy all the interest and not worry about it, but not everybody can do that”.  …HMMN I wonder if when the price of NG goes up if NEW fracking will begin then? #frackedViridianHomeowners ?

Back in 2006 the big 1,800 ft drop/fault was said to be the holder of much gas, but in retrospect, a later driller (Range Resources) that took over that site said it was that very thing (fault) that caused the gas loss so there was NOT to much gas to grab!

Here is a 9/2012 story… where there is mention of methane wells (for the dump). There is the old dump east of Collins  where the Viridian now sits and then there is the current one across the street west of Collins which is probably taking advantage of the methane production of the active dump, but in a failed PIR with the city of Arlington, I don’t know if there are methane wells trying to collect from the “old” dump.

Originally I sought to learn if the Arlington city inspectors wrote up violations against Range Resources (who had gas wells that are now plugged & abandoned) to put pressure on them because of the planned upscale housing “Viridian” development. Getting rid of the gas well padsites at the Huffines Community development would be a plus in selling the homes. Turns out the drill site really did need to be cleaned up (see below dialogue/audio).

I also sought to learn if the clean up was done properly, but there are no records that exist per an open records request with the city. Per a state PIR, the Army Corps of Engineers surprisingly? makes no mention of gas wells in their lengthy assessment of the impact of the Viridian development to the wetlands. Army Corps made no mention of any alleged buried jet fuel tanks*

In 2006 the Dallas Business Journal (DBJ) reported that Sam Ware paid thirteen million for 1,950 acres. He retained his mineral rights and sold the surface land to Huffines promising them 25% of the royalties. Drilling for natural gas started on November 10, 2006 and per the Powell Barnett Shale Newsletter Vol 2 (below print screen) by 2010, the bank foreclosed on the mineral rights and Huffines was suing for their 25% royalty money as promised.

The seismic surveys revealed that the area sits on the largest fault in the Barnett Shale and that “the 1,800-foot drop off is now formally called Bird’s Fort Fault.” 

The DBJ reported that Ray Ledesma, president of Star of Texas and a former engineer for Amoco, said “We know there’s a lot of gas there, the key will be how we frack the wells,” he said. Senior investment officer, David Belzer, said “There’s a high level of confidence that gas exists; it’s purely a function of mechanical execution,”

If drilling “IN” an 1,800 ft fault line complicates things…does building homes in that area make it safe with all our frackquakes happening?…as I type this Oklahoma just had a 4.2 quake. 

But after the first well was drilled ‘in a shallow part’ with Star of Texas Energy Services, and the second well was drilled ‘at depth’ with Range Resources…you almost can’t blame both drillers-you need to blame the formation. Thats what Range did when they would not complete the third well citing a ‘complex geology’.

In speaking with the VP of Range Resources, (who sold to Legend-who capped those wells), he told me a few years ago that the reason those wells weren’t productive is… “we drilled into an area-that very faulted area at depth-in the Barnett, and what I understand from our geophysicist is that in those very faulted areas of the Barnett, over the hundreds of millions of years that the Barnett has been there, the gas has essentially leaked off through those faults and gone into upper formations in the Ft Worth Basin”.

On the west side of Collins, this is the XTO Howling Hound Drill Site that is still in existence. I was told that this site is still producing our beloved antiquated fossil fuels.

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2015 XTO Howling Hound Drill Site west of Collins St in Arlington TX at the Viridian Community.

That XTO site is in the 2012 picture below. Look for the long, bright white, triangular shape next to the words ‘N.Collins St.’; just below that is the gathering pipelines or valve yard. THINK ABOUT FRACKQUAKES damaging any and all types of piping.

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2012 looking east of Collins/now Viridian… note black patch is where a tractor brush fire was

In the 2015 picture below south of the triangle shape is an L shape, now there are some buildings there. The natural gas gathering lines are still there…..

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2015 west of Collins street across from Viridian

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2015 refurbished former padsite – gathering lines still in place

If you are having trouble seeing the gathering lines in the northwest quadrant of the above pic, go to the 2012 picture below. The piping is level with the two troughs that the truck is heading towards in the picture, The gathering lines are just to the right of those troughs…

viridian trough:gathering lines w of collins

2012 (now plugged & abandoned drill site)

Here is a closer 2012 look, the gathering lines are just north of that round looking structure…

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Today you can see the white piping, gathering lines in the 2015 pic below…

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2015-who the frack would want to work near that?

Gathering lines/pumping stations have been going dreadfully close to people here in Arlington. Here is a link to another Arlington blogger of her valve yard pics next to people’s homes.

On the east side of Collins, (the Viridian), there was said to be the other drill site that is now plugged & abandoned. It was possibly located in the below 2012 pic in the white, squares area northeast of the black, teardrop shaped spot. The black scorched spot is from a grass fire. Originally I wondered if that blackened area was the site of toxic mud farming from the drilling mud cuttings….good news…I was told that a tractor caused a grass fire there.

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The third, former drill ste site closest to Birds Fort (above the fingerlakes) is either LOBF pad 8 or pad 11, both padsites had violations. I contacted the VP of Range Resources and asked him if he felt the city picked on them with those violations to close that site, or if they really were offensive to the environment. Here was his response (or read below)…

“When I looked at the pictures of our location that were taken by the inspector, I gotta tell ya’ I was embarrassed and from my perspective, I don’t think they were picking on us. I actually think that they realized that we were about to sell it, and they knew I think that logically you know that they buyer was probably in a position to force us to do some clean up and they probably been having some trouble getting my guys to do it because these wells were I mean ‘terrible’-they just weren’t economic and so obviously those guys just didn’t want to spend money they didn’t have to. Now I will tell you that I didn’t think very highly of just our maintenance and upkeep of those locations. I thought that they-you know, we should have done some basic stuff uh before the city cited us…..” 

  “B A S I C   S T U F F?”

Since someone else had already called this drill site a toxic dump….. The one anonymous comment is…. “So anyway I did some research last night and found out that Sam Ware of Lazarus Property Corp., a real estate developer from Dallas is the one that owned the property before Huffines. He found out about the natual gas there and sold the land-minus the mineral rights to Huffines. He is the one that has the 2 toxic dump gas wells there close to the Birds Fort marker. That would be the top part of the “boot” on the map that I told you about. Anyway, I guess it’s better that Huffines has the project than Mr Ware. After goggling his name it comes to light that he has been sued quite a few times in different states for unscrupulous land development matters.”

Since that commenter above called this drill site a toxic dump…..I pulled my hand written notes from the 6/29/2011 City of Arlington Gas Well inspection reports, and here are my notes….

LOBF Pad 8 notes

a) Containment Unit Failed:

  • secondary containment is…not lined
  • not a 3 ft min height and is not buried at least 1 ft below the surface. Drip pots are not provided at the pump out connection to contain liquids from the storage tank.
  • c) 8′ height requirement=fail, this site is in excess of 8 ft

e) NFPA Diamond (signage)=fail


c) cellar filled or closed=fail

d) Bradenhead (psi) guage installed=fail on the 1H & 8H wells

LOBF Pad 11  notes

Need painting

Road issues on containing dust not followed

b. secondary containment unit=fail

a primary containment unit=fail

NFPA placard=fail

f. lightening arrestor system=fail

c. cellar filled or closed=fail

d. bradenhead psi guage=fail on 1H and 2H wells

Here are the pics of the padsite in the northeast quadrant of the area…

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2012 by Euless Main Rd

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2012 road nearby is the Euless Main

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2015 you can still see the old padsite and where the well head could be, I saw a pile of wood I think to camouflage the plugged well head.

*On a different, but kinda related note…I also sought to learn if the alleged jet fuel tanks buried in the area existed, but the young man with the dinosaur excavation group that told me about the possibility of them being there-buried…well he died a strange strangulation death. His affiliate with the dig says he doesn’t know of any buried jet fuel tanks….but that is for a different blog.

Raise your hand if you have or plan to own a home in the Viridian development. Are you comfortable knowing that:

  • there was at least two padsites in violation of city inspectors guidelines,
  • that YOU live on what is said to be the largest faultline in the Barnett Shale,
  • that Irving keeps having frackquakes,
  • that Oklahoma has ever increasing in number and magnitude frackquakes…..

…………hey at least those pesky poisonous frackwells are gone…….for now, but if the price of natural gas goes up, will the drilling ever return to that area if gas really “IS” there?



About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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2 Responses to Largest FAULT line found in Barnett Shale at Viridian in Arlington

  1. Karen says:

    Thank you for this information. Is this why there are so many homes For Sale in Viridian? Do you have any information on Sanctuary at Texas Star community? Thank you so much!!

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