Can this be true? With a waiver the drillers can drill 300′ from a home? Surely that can’t be right!
Fort Worth sets rules for gas well ordinance
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.
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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