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.