Dallas City Hall Secret Confirmed by Dallas News
DALLAS MORNING NEWS SUBSCRIBER CONTENT ARTICLE FROM SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013
Dallas’ city-owned natural gas reserves aren’t waiting for the City Council to resolve a seemingly endless argument over drilling. They’re already swooshing up a well and into the market. The well, however, is in Irving. The story of how some of Dallas’ gas is already leaving town involves the failure of a well casing meant to protect groundwater and a threatened lawsuit over a neighbor’s gas royalties.
Altogether, by 2012 the company’s varied gas-related interests in Dallas County totaled as much as 9,300 acres, according to an estimate by The Dallas Morning News. The figure comes from an examination of documents filed with the county, including lease notices, land agreements and records relating to loans the company received using leases as collateral.
Expro Engineering told Texas regulators the casing came apart at a depth of about 2,800 feet. Records contain no indication of groundwater contamination.
Drillers tried twice to get it right, but failed. “We spent considerable time and money trying to correct this problem,” Expro executive Jerry Eskew wrote the to Texas Railroad Commission.