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August 21, 2013


OVERWHELMINGWord has leaked out today from within the gas industry, that organized plans to “overwhelm” Dallas City Hall are being made for Thursday afternoon, August 22 at the 1 PM Dallas City Planning Commission. Insiders have revealed that the shale gas industry is rapidly making plans to have a very large showing of shale gas friends to pressure the City Planning Commission to lower the proposed set back distance of 1500 feet to the original 300 feet that is currently on the books.

The insider today told us that the gas industry feels “threatened” by this potential 1500 set back distance as a deal breaker that would prohibit any and all shale gas drilling in the City of Dallas. Gas industry representative Dallas Cothurm, a Dallas resident has stated numerous times in public that any distance above 600 feet is a “deal breaker” for his client. To date, every time that the shale gas industry has appeared before the Dallas Planning Commission, they have lost every battle.

Two years ago, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told a large public audience that he would “not put any neighborhood at risk because of money.” Since making that statement, Rawlings has backed off his attitude of protection for Dallas residents and has now taken an attitude of silence. City leaders continued to be pressured by father and son team of Dallas and Willie Cothrum who represent the shale gas industry’s efforts to drill within the city. Willie Cothrum, former city councilman and his son Dallas are at Dallas City Hall on a daily basis working as lobbyists.


There are conspiracy questions/theories floating around Dallas as to why XTO/EXXON would walk away from their lease fight last year. The much smaller, Trinity East Energy continues to fight to drill and build a refinery next door to the new, under construction Elm Fork Soccer Complex. Some have theorized that XTO/EXXON and Trinity East Energy have agreed that if Trinity East Energy wins their battle that immediately after, they would sell their holdings to XTO/EXXON making them the ultimate winner in the Dallas shale play.

The City of Dallas never has admitted to the drilling disaster in 2009 whereupon, Trinity East Energy had a casing failure at The University of Dallas campus that sits on the border of The City of Irving and The City of Dallas. The incident happened during drilling operations but the amount of contamination is not known.  A few records show some details of the incident, but most of the information is not known.

Thursday’s City Planning Commission public hearing highlights the continuing process of writing a new gas ordinance for The City of Dallas that is scheduled to be turned over to the Dallas city council in September.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2013 9:53 pm

    The “production casing” was what couldn’t take the pressure and couldn’t be repaired after tons of $$$$ had been spent by the small-time operator Trinity East (also known as Expro Engineering) in 2009. That means the casing down there in the wellbore couldn’t take the pressure with all that water, sand and chemicals being forced down there during the completion phase (perfing/fracking) In this case, the thing that went wrong happened on a Pooled Unit comprised of only 5 lessors with the City of Dallas being the primary lessor with the largest tract of land at 154 acres.

    The thing that is also REALLY important here is that while the Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force was meeting for 8 months or so beginning in July 2011, we understand that this site at the City of Dallas and City of Irving border was never mentioned. Yes. The University of Dallas is a lessor and, yes, part of the current Pooled Unit is composed of University of Dallas land. But this site was not even visited as part of the tour of gas drilling sites in the Barnett Shale.

    Repeat. The City of Dallas is a lessor on this now consolidated Pooled Unit. And all of that happened way before the Task Force was formed. So, seriously, contamination of groundwater aside, if that happened at all, why was this site never mentioned? The City of Dallas is currently a lessor with 177 acres and the gas is supposedly in production (there’s a pipeline according to the RRC) and the clean, pure shale gas is flowing to the Dr. Pepper Plant (according to Tom Blanton) when he spoke to the Irving, TX City Council back in March.

    These are the times that try men’s souls. So, where’s the City of Dallas $$$$ from Well 2H?

  2. August 21, 2013 10:40 pm

    So, Trinity East (also known in a previous life as Expro Engineering) consolidated two Pooled Units adjacent to each other in 2010 and soon after hooked up a pipeline and yet no one seems to be able to answer the question, “Where are the royalties for the City of Dallas’ 177 acres from this producing well #2H?”

    There has been 432,010 MCF of gas produced from Well #2H since July 2010 according to these RRC production records. See the production data from the RRC web site:

    • August 21, 2013 10:48 pm

      Correction. If you take a look at the link above and back up, the production for this well actually commenced in February 2010. But then look at all the zeroes going forward through the months and years.

  3. Paula Craig permalink
    August 22, 2013 10:35 am

    Thank you for your due diligence. Ask good questions. No one can be wise without comparisons.

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