Can this be true? With a waiver the drillers can drill 300′ from a home? Surely that can’t be right!
The council did add protection in another area. Under the old rules, operators who got waivers could drill within 200 feet of homes. The new minimum setback is 300 feet — the same as the International Fire Code — and it applies to hotels, motels, auditoriums, funeral homes, live theaters and libraries — a wider range than the task force recommended.
Existing sites and some new sites will likely be exempt from the new rules.
The setback rules were the final issues in the yearlong process of rewriting the gas ordinance. The council had previously approved new noise rules, an independent board to hear contested cases and a permit system for pipelines.
The industry got exactly what it wanted. Thanks to Mayor Mikey and the City Council Fort Worth citizens are less safe.
Fort Worth is now waiting for their first Significant Incident.