I live at ground zero for urban drilling.
We have about 60 pad sites in our 99 sq mile town here in Arlington TX.
Our state and local government will not enforce these two laws….
1) TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”
2. Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, Nuisance
No person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation, or property.
We had a drill spill in Lake Arlington, our drinking source, back in 2010. We also have about 100 drilling laterals under our lake that are at migration risk for seismic events and or cement failures.
We have had over a dozen gas release emission events that the general public knows about. On September 10th 2018, Arlington Fire Department’s Sergeant Crowsen said at a Frown Hall meeting (due to a fracking accident) that they respond to about 10-15 gas well complaints a year. Per our 2019 budget on page 120, it will cost us almost $500,000 in 2019 for gas well emergency response readiness.
The following are the items lacking in our URBAN oil and gas drilling ordinance………………..
c. Do not use diesel or NG fired lift compressors that use dirty field gas, rather use electric submersible pumps,Wellbore Compressor, Natural Gas Recovery, Artificial Lift, Well Head, Electric Submersible Pumps, ESPs, Plunger Lift, Sucker Rod Pumps, Gas Lift Systems, Hydraulic Pumping Systems, Progressive Cavity Pumps, Oil Recovery, Convert Natural Gas, Liquefi
d. Mandate electric compressor stations, but have back up power in the event of electric outages. https://barnettshalehell.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/april-11-2011-two-padsites-spewed-on-arlington-residents/
Lets elect officials that will ensure a protective Oil & Gas Drilling oversight. This is in our “collective” power so we must all become active to be proactive because reactive measures are too costly.