BOMBSHELL: Fracking/Cement Casing Failure at University of Dallas
Texas Railroad Commission documents reveal that the City of Dallas has been involved with a drilling arrangement with Expro Engineering /Trinity East Energy since 2009 garnering unknown royalty payments while a fracking/cement casing job failed on a well at the same site in July 2009. This episode is causing questions to be asked about possible contamination, litigation, and drilling agreements without City Council involvement or approval. Expro Engineering/Trinity East Energy is the same company that is currently embroiled with the Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm scandal.
Drilling began in 2008 at The University of Dallas campus on 329 acres of land. The well was known as UD Well #1H and successfully drilled without The City of Dallas being a lessor. A second well was soon prepared in July 2009.
Paper work has also revealed that Atmos Energy was enlisted to bring in and hook up the gathering pipelines for the shale gas to be sent to an area gas compressor production facility.
Some people have expressed surprise at this finding, saying that Atmos is not widely known to be used as a gathering pipeline installer.
The City of Dallas is listed as one of five lessors along with The State of Texas and The University of Dallas in a new lease agreement for the second well known as UD-Dallas Well #1H in mid Summer 2009.
The cement casing on UD-Dallas Well #1H that was recently installed sometime between July 2 and July 6 had “parted”, or FAILED (in common terms) during fracking. There is no known paper work showing any third party testing for contamination releases that may have occurred at the point of cement casing failure above or below the surface at UD.
Expro Engineering/Trinity East Energy wrote a letter to the Texas Railroad Commission Regional Office in Kilgore, Texas on February 1, 2010 stating that there were mechanical difficulties. The letter went on to say that a lot of time and money had been spent on repairs with no success.
Later, in a letter dated February 27,2009 Expro Engineering Trinity East tells the Texas Railroad Commission Regional Office in Kilgore, Texas that they are making plans to build a gas production facility before moving forward with future drilling. Some have speculated that this letter refers to the currently proposed Luna Vista Gas Production Facility that is hanging in limbo while Dallas City Hall is embroiled in the Mary Suhm/Trinity East scandal that continues to raise questions about who knew what, and when. It is widely assumed that Trinity East Energy wants this gas production facility to enable the company the ability to link up many pad sites in the DFW area into a gas pipeline network.
Two and half months later on April 30, 2010 Expro Engineering Trinity East Energy sent another letter but this time to the Texas Railroad Commission Regional Office in Wichita Falls, Texas saying that there were “mechanical difficulties” with UD-Dallas Well #1H and that as a result, there might be litigation problems. We do not know at this time what type of litigation problems they were referring to, nor has there been anyone to answer this question.
Speculation surrounds the topic of why Expro Engineering Trinity East would be contacting two DIFFERENT Regional Offices of the Railroad Commission.
Less than a month after the April 30, 2010 letter, a new pooled unit is created by combining the first successfully drilled well lease called UD Well #1H, plus the failed UD-Dallas Well #1H into what is NOW called: UD-Dallas Gas Unit Well #2H with 26 mineral lease holders including The City of Dallas, The City of Irving, The Irving Flood Control District, Las Colinas Development and many others. This land parcel now has about 633 acres in the lease.
Production reports show that this new consolidated lease hold has shown only a small amount of gas that was captured and has quickly dropped to “0” in October 2012.
Trinity East Energy has gone to great lengths in their attempts to secure not only drilling sites, but also a site for a gas compressor production facility on private property that is next door to the under construction Elm Fork Soccer Complex.
Some will be surprised to know that Trinity East Energy has also in the past filed for permits with the RRC for pad sites in Farmers Branch known as Manhattan and Park West. At this time, the permits have expired but pros tell us that reviving those permits are easy to revive when needed. If those permits were revived along with the UD sites, and the Luna Vista site was approved by Dallas, speculation surrounds Trinity East Energy’s attempt to build a “super highway” of a pipeline network to connect these multiple pad sites.
Below you will see copies of the documents that have been found on the Texas Railroad Commission web site. We also list many questions that must be answered in a timely manner and preferably initiated by an investigatory entity that is not confined within the walls of Dallas City Hall.