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Old 10-14-2011, 07:59 AM
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for those of you in Hurst/NRHills area FYI--
Chesapeake bought the raw land across from the Lowe's on Precinct LIne and 26 back in early 09
they have petitioned the City Council to replat the 3 parcel land into two units--one for a 5 acre drill pad site--the other as commercial property that is left over and which they are trying to sell (good luck with that).
Most of what is left over is verging into flood plain and would require a lot of work for drainage--very expensive--and why the previously considered use of property for medical office building and nursing/senior home fell through

according to the City of Hurst any well site must be 600 ft from residences, businesses, PARKS, and other things...this is the ordinance--all 50+ pages

http://www.ci.hurst.tx.us/Publications/Council/Packets/2011/20110208/Ord_2161_1R.pdf (broken link)

Hurst Information

this is link to the FTW paper's website tracking drilling activity and other energy news stories
Barnett Shale

the 600 ft drill circle shows that it includes the garden area at Lowe's, part of the soccer fields at the Hurst Athletic Center off Cannon, and although it is not on the map--it also includes the new Cane's chicken fast food location...

the issue for the is that the 600 ft boundaries are obviously going to need variences--especially for the soccer fields--
they are supposed to be 600 ft AWAY from the drill site--and it actually intrudes into the fields by 100 ft or more

Some of people in neighborhoods are not that happy about this--
although most of them leased their mineral rights (if they had any) when Dale resources went through in 07 or 08.
Chesapeake has done a deal with Dale and taken over many of their leases from what I understand...
and the flyer from Chesapeake is about how much money this drill site can bring back to Hurst and other tax entities as well as homeowners...
well anyone who can do simple math knows that a person owning mineral rights for a lot .19 is going to get squat compared to a person or company who holds mineral rights for 200 acres when you compare unit payouts--
so most homeowners will be receiving minimum royalty payouts--
much less than what some feel are the negatives of having a drill site in that location

of courst the TCC pad site has had its drilling completed (for now). 3 well heads, the water recovery tanks are there and there is very nice rock wall around them with landscaping...not that obtrusive if you did not know what it was...

4 units are proposed but my husband says those are just "red herrings" at this time because Chesapeake has to give some indication of units prior to actually filing the permits...so those could change...

the web pad site is called Sonrisa --which is Spanish for "smile"
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:25 AM
Location: Bedford
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The city probably stands to make a lot of money from that drill site: softball fields, the fire station, and a maintenance shop property are all pretty close. Everyone who thinks there's even the slightest chance that the city doesn't sign off, stand on your head.
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:15 PM
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I would think that the city did have mineral rights to that land and would benefit from well production
but there are reasons why putting well location in that specific site might not be best plan for city residents
many of the residents in the immediate area leased to Dale who sold or dealt them to Chesapeake...
some of them are not happy about that proposed location

the soccer fields are inside the 600 ft perimeter which will require a special variance--not to mention the Lowe's garden area and the new Cane's restaurant--
there are homes within the 1000 ft ring as well...
that location would never work in Southlake at all -- because their drill sites are already zoned for "industrial" areas --which Hurst does not require--and can't have them within a 1000 ft set back w/o a special exception...
same with Bedford I believe--with 1000 ft setback...

the Hurst ordinance says that nothing except the well head and flow lines can be placed in the 100 yr floodway...
the issue is how will the modification of the land for site development modify the "flood zone" that is in existence...
and will that alteration of the land contour mean that more of less of the drill site is IN a flood zone and will it have a negative effect on the area south of the drill site regarding that area's flood zoning...

complicated issues that can't be determined by just looking at a map and deciding--
they will need to get specific plans from Chesapeake and then do some type of feasibility study to determine effect of moving that dirt...

the site further south at the TCC campus is not in flood plain and had none of these dynamics to consider
althought it had to be granted a variance because of proximity to storage bldg at TCC
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