Devon Energy put up a gas drilling rig 213 feet from Mike and Annette Daniel’s house. They had only lived in “their paradise” four months when they joined Shelley in Barnett Shale Hell.
their paradise quickly morphed into hell.
We couldn’t use our pool or jacuzzi because the first thing the drilling company did was prune the trees along our fence line on the access road so their trucks could come in, Annette said. Instead of privacy, we had 50
hardhats looking at us.
Nights, the lights from the drilling rig flashed directly into their bedroom, she said, forcing them to put up additional blinds. But sleep was hard to come by anyway because of the noise. And things weren’t much better in themorning.
I sat and counted 70 trucks coming onto that site one day. And they tell me it will get worse once the fracing starts. You can’t even breathe the air here some days for all the diesel and dust they churn up.
When it rains the runoff from the pad flows into their yard carrying the drilling chemicals. It’s killed their plants.
I’m not going to recount all the issues, but it gets worse…
Devon Energy spokesman said they blah, blah, values…blah, blah, good neighbors…blah, blah, restore property…blah, blah, blah…
Hogwash, said Knapp, who has never been offered a written agreement of any kind from Devon. The only thing they told me was that in 60 or 70 years, when the wells go dry, they’ll clean it up. But they never consulted me about anything and refused to give me or my lawyer anything on paper. So they can say what they want, but that’s not what happened here.
Devon didn’t even pay them for the 3 acres they took for the drilling pad. They only paid surface damages, but that’s typical of Devon. They are known as one of the very worst operators to deal with where I live.
This is a tragic story that is all too familiar.