Arlington Environment Activist Highlighted

As of last year, Arlington was home to about 350 gas wells on 56 sites in the city limits, according to Greensource DFW; and OGI data shows that almost 7,000 wells exist in Tarrant County. Arlington was the site of contentious hearings last January to June that allowed drilling within 320 feet of homes in the southwest section of the city. And the news from those hearings was that hundreds more gas wells could be on tap within city limits over the next decade.

Most homeowners sign the papers that pay royalties for rights to drill under their land. But some don’t, and the Texas Observer recently profiled two local residents who didn’t: Arlington resident and environmental advocate Ranjana Bandhari (best known for her role in the fight against a wastewater well in Lake Arlington as leader of LiveableArlington), and Greg Hughes of Fort Worth. Their stories are second and third in the Observer piece, which you can find here.

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In our next issue, we’ll hear from Kim Feil, an urban gas drilling activist and self-proclaimed “fracktivist”, who will be a regular contributor to The Tarrant Chronicle.


  1. After speaking at two of the City Council meetings last year, against the expansion of fracking in the city of Arlington, I was truly disappointed, even disgusted, in the final vote of the existing members of the Council. As a retired physician, pediatrician to be more exact, it was offensive to me that this present Council totally ignored all of the scientific evidence presented that fracking itself, and especially the waste water injection of the massive amounts of water used in this fracking, was quite dangerous to public health and to the environment. This danger included, not only contamination of air and water but also the threat of seismic activity potential near the Lake Arlington dam from the injection. Because scientific facts seemed to be irrelevant to the Council, on my second attempt to put logic in their minds, I tried a different tactic. This approach was a legal one, using an analogy to the issues in the Flint Michigan water contamination with lead. This tragedy in Flint was caused by the misjudgment of city leadership as to the supply of water to the city of Flint. Their misjudgment caused lead to leach into the water supply of the city, creating a severe health threat to the citizens of Flint, especially children. Many city and state leaders were originally held responsible for this tragedy, and the director of the Health and Human Services of the State of Michigan was under indictment for the deaths of two persons, not from the lead contamination, but for not warning the public of Flint of the threat of Legionnaires disease. Our leadership did not seem to be moved by this approach either, and the fracking issue was approved 7 to 1.

  2. With NO information that we would be taxed on royalties both as 1. An Income, taxable by the IRS, and 2. A Property, taxed by the local entities as an Ad-Valorem tax (double-dipping taxation!), I signed a lease for 3 years, extendable for a maximum of 2 more years, then the lease would terminate. This lease has been sold from one gas drilling company to another several times, and it expired no later than September 2013, but they are still drilling and sending me TINY royalties, and I am still therefore subject to taxation for this. As I now only about $100 per year from this, I want my lease termination date honored!
    I wonder how many others are being screwed over like this, their lease agreement time limits being ignored, so that the money-hungry petroleum companies can keep on fracking in our cities and ruining our environment?

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