Pics of Arlington padsites back to back=different fracking operators not working together #CommerciallyReasonable

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 12.27.03 PM Lake Arlington is the reservoir for our drinking water.

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 12.25.09 PMThe Southwest Nature Preserve has two sites too.

Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 11.57.42 AMIn Arlington greed4gas city USA, above is a pic at Cooper St/California Lane. What was a Carrizo site is now an Enervest padsite. This site boarders a Chesapeake pad site and just to the east is our Arlington Medical District-lovely. Our city council should have denied one of these padsites and made the operators work together to develop the minerals #noExcuse ! #HB40 info/videos here

If Chesapeake’s laterals average 5,500 feet, they why the frack do we have padsites closer than that in Arlington?… Read on from a retired industry rep, Chip Northrup, on this very issue of well spacing.

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I’m sure I can find more padsites where our council allowed new padsites to come into our town when there may have already been another drill site that could have reached the minerals.

The reason I bring up these pictures is because a former industry executive had a remark to make about the new setback distance determination needing to be a distance that is “CommerciallyReasonable”. The state is trying to take local control of the drill site placement out of the municipalities hands and so they think that Ft Worth was the success story, but kid u not it isn’t! The Ft Worth League of neighborhoods had to get the Ft Worth ISD to push for 1,000 setback by schools! Here is that dispersion modeling study that was presented to the ISD.

For greedy towns like Arlington…that didn’t matter-they are still “drill here drill now” greedy…but for towns like Denton that voted the frackers out, we (Ft Worth officials-in bed w/industry in my opinion) now have to define what an “CommerciallyReasonable” setback distance is.

Here is a letter that I forwarded to Arlington’s City Council from Chip Northrup….

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Jim Parajon <>
Cc: Robert Cluck <>; Robert Rivera <>; Robert Shepard <>; Lana Wolff <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Jimmy Bennett <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Charlie Parker <>; Cynthia Simmons <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Don Crowson <>; Susan Schrock <>; Bridgett White <>; Tony Rutigliano <>; Brett Shipp <>; Collin Gregory <>; “” <>; Cindy Powell <>; Stuart Young <>; Roger Venables <>; Jay W. White <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:50 PM
Subject: Chip Northrup response to Texas HB 40 “Commercially Reasonable” Test Fail
I’d like to thank Jim Parajon for representing the City of Arlington in Austin. Now we must put pressure on the Fort Worth officials that have been asked to write an ordinance update  rewrite a drilling bill. In addressing setbacks, originally the landmen came in and you and the citizens of Arlington that “we turn the drilling sideways and so we can go out a mile and get your minerals-you won’t even see us”, but next thing you know we have those two (Enervest & Chesapeake) drill sites back to back at Cooper St and California Ln…and then two more back to back at our Southwest Arlington Nature Preserve. (Also almost ten padsites on the Ft Worth side of Lake Arlington-our drinking water reservoir-yes they spilled in it ONE time that I know of).
In one of your day session meetings there was discussion that the different drilling companies were supposed to work together so that we didn’t have padsites so close together…but it was your fault dear council people for not denying these. You had the right to make the different operators work together. Everyone’s greed has an ugly head to look at now.
Please contact Jungus Jordan, Danny Scarth, and city attorney, Sarah Fullenwider and tell them that a lot more than a 1,500 foot setbacks is economically feasible based on this email below….. 
Thank you
Kim Feil
PS Here is my interview on Channel 11‘s coverage of the Mansfield meeting as an FYI.
  “There was an emission event off that site and my windows and doors were closed and the odor came in my home, so I don’t think within a half mile is far enough,” she said.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Chip Northrup <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:31 AM
Subject: Texas HB 40 “Commercially Reasonable” Test Fail
I think the oil and gas attorneys that drafted Texas HB 40 overlooked a few things. The bill imposes a “commercially reasonable” test on any municipal oil and gas ordinance – such as a setback.  
The sponsors think that Dallas’s 1,500 foot setback is “too long” – when the average length of a lateral in the Barnett Shale is a mile, 5,280 feet. And the average spacing unit is a section, 640 acres. 
If the well pad is in the middle of the spacing unit, the lateral would be 2,640 feet long. So the empirical standard for a “commercially reasonable” setback from the spacing unit boundary is a lot more than 1,500 feet. 
A lateral of less than 2,640 feet in the Barnett would probably be uneconomic – not “commercially reasonable.” Maybe Dallas should increase its setback to make it more “commercially plausible” to conform with the average spacing unit setback. 
My take on the bill in general :
Kindly pass this along to the lawyer types.
END Northrup letter

update -Denton Record Chronicle reported of the industry… 

“To drain the Barnett [of its natural gas], we need one well for every 20 acres,” Wilson said, citing well-spacing rules from the Texas Railroad Commission.

Texas Sharon commented in response…

Sharon Wilson · Top Commenter · Works at EARTHWORKS

Devon refuses to be held to any rules.
Devon has drilled 36 wells from one pad site in the Barnett Shale.
Operators in Mansfield plan to drill 36 wells from one pad site.
Encana drained 640 acres from a 4.6 acre site in Parachute, WY.
And here’s one with 60 wells on one large pad site
Devon is not a good neighbor. That’s a platitude they issue with veiled threats. If you say is a million times, it’s doesn’t make it true.”

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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