Today, I looked up the location of the 5 gas wells RangeResources plans to drill right next to a neighborhood in Denton, TX.
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And here’s a closer look:
I don’t see any reason why Range can’t flip the 5 wells around and have the pad up to the north. (see update below) They could compromise and move it a little bit away from that other neighborhood–say 1000′–and have the each leg of the horizontal drills end up south where the current pad site is. There is plenty of room.
The only reason I can see for not moving it is convenience: it’s not convenient for their plans and they couldn’t care less about the inconvenience, health and safety risks or loss of property value for the neighborhood.
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If we had a Surface Owner Protection Act in Texas, this case wouldn’t be an issue. Texans need a Surface Owner Protection Act. The Oil and Gas Accountability Project assisted New Mexicans in passing the precedent-setting Surface Owners Protection Act (SOPA).
UPDATE: I’m getting some emails that indicate people are confused so I drew an alternative plan for the 5 wells that would move them to a more reasonable location. The only reason I can see for not moving them is Rayzor Ranch has planned their shopping area for that location. SO! MOVE the shopping area!
What I’ve been told is Range claims they can’t move it because they no longer have the land leased. If you look on the plat at the link above, you can see what is called the pool/unit. All the land in that pool–418.8 acres–is leased or it wouldn’t be pooled together. So there really is no reason they can’t move it.
Please see the recent and alarming ambient air quality study to see what natural gas development brought to another Denton neighborhood.