Bridlewood Quality of Life Coalition

4 October 2009, 11:18 am
Filed under: Quality of Life, Uncategorized

At this moment Flower Mound’s Oil and Gas Ordinance is being challenged again. Williams Production, with the support of the residents in rural West Flower Mound, wants to change the ordinance.

The ordinance regulates gas drilling and protects the town. Whether you have signed a lease, not signed a lease, or do not own your mineral rights, you should be very concerned about any changes to the Oil & Gas Ordinance. Many of you that have signed leases did so with the current ordinance in place. Please read and sign the petition. The link is below towards the end of this e-mail

Williams wants to do Seismic testing throughout the town on public roads not just in West Flower Mound. Our roads were not designed to bear the weight of 2 60,000 pound trucks moving slowly sending vibrations through the ground. In the past, this has been done in mostly rural areas on private property. The effects to foundations are unknown. Williams has sent the town an agreement that totally indemnifies them of any liabilities. If they allow this to the ordinance all the other gas drilling companies will request the same. Insurance companies do not cover this type of damage. Any damage will be your financial responsibility.

They want to include waste water pipelines and seismic testing. The reason given is that waste water pipelines would reduce truck traffic in their neighborhood. But in reality, there will still be trucks bringing water, sand, and equipment to the well site and trucks going to and from this Waste Water site. In addition to that, waste water pipelines would be installed 4 feet below underground throughout the town to transport drilling waste from current and future pad sites. Detecting leaks would be very difficult and would not be known until contamination has occurred. Remember, if it is in the ordinance, other gas drilling companies can request to do this too. In Pittsburgh waste water pipelines were the source of contamination of a lake in a park killing fish, salamander, crayfish and aquatic insect life. What if it had been under a house, garden or pool? Since the gas drilling companies don’t have to disclose what is in their drilling and fracking fluid, do we really want this waste water going under our neighborhoods and throughout our community?

Our ordinance is strong and recently held up in the court of law. It is our only protection for our quality of life, homes, and schools. If it is opened up for revision there could be changes to the variances as well.

What do you need to do to protect your personal property, pocket book, and family?

1. Sign the online petition.

2. Contact your town council and tell them you don’t want them to change the ordinance (Contact Info. Below)

3. Go to the October 5th (6:00) Town Council meeting. If you are unable to make it, please send an e-mail with your concerns. (Williams and the rural lease holders have been pressuring council at council meetings and asking them to have a decision this week.)Council Members

Jody A. Smith
3705 Sarah Springs Trail, 75022

Place 1 Council member
Steve Dixon
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
4604 Wisdom Creek Court, 75022

Place 2 Council member
Al Filidoro
3213 Augusta Drive, 75028

Place 3 Council member
Mike Wallace
2913 Trailwood Lane, 75028

Place 4 Council member
Jean M. Levenick
Mayor Pro Tem
2716 Gentle Drive, 75022

Place 5 Council member
Tom Hayden
4213 Huntwick Lane, 75028


Basic Facts and Resources Revisited by kim0917
29 September 2009, 5:21 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

If it has been awhile since you have thought about gas drilling or you are a newcomer to gas drilling here in Bridlewood or Flower Mound, please take a few minutes and surf our site for past articles. A good place to start is “Basic Facts and Resources”. You can find the link on the left side of your screen. Imbedded in the article are many excellent resources.

Urban Gas Drilling in Flower Mound by kim0917
29 September 2009, 9:45 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Over the past year, we’ve been lulled into thinking that the possibility of urban gas drilling maybe isn’t such an eminent threat. With the price of gas falling well below $4, how could anyone make any money and so why bother?

Well, as well all know, this is all about money and the folks at Williams and Cherokee Horn are paid to “bother” with convincing Flower Mound citizens that urban gas drilling is a) good, b) there won’t be any negative side effects, c) it’s inevitable, d) it’s going to make the town rich, and e) it’s going to make you rich.

One thing for certain is that this whole issue really is all about money. But it’s not the money that you, or your neighbors–or even that the Town will receive. It’s about the money that the developers and drillers will make.

And after the money stops, what’s our town going to look like? They’ll move on, but we’ll be left with the mess.

And just to drive home the point about it being all about the money (theirs, not ours), do you realize that Williams has sent the town an agreement that totally indemnifies them of any liabilities, but allows them to conduct testing and put in waste water systems anywhere they want? Why would any of our town leaders seriously consider this agreement?

Our town is fortunate to have a couple of Council members who have stood up to the big-money interests in an effort to protect the residents. But they can’t do it alone. If you care about protecting the town from the blight of urban gas drilling, please make your voice heard.

The opposition is paid to convince people that urban gas drilling is fine. We’re not. So what do we do?

Attend Town Council meetings–the Williams folks certainly do. (The next meeting is at 6:00pm on Monday, October 5th.)

Call your Mayor and Town Council members and let them know how you feel.

Write letters to the editor of Flower Mound papers.

**Request for your response**

If you no longer wish to be on my email list, please let me know and I will remove you. However, if you know of others that share our concern against drilling in the highly residential areas of Flower Mound, would you please forward this email to them and provide me with their email address so that I can add them to my mailing list?

Thank you,

Rebecca Belcher

More contaminated water news by kim0917
26 August 2009, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Quality of Life, Uncategorized

“Federal environment officials investigating drinking water contamination near the ranching town of Pavillion, Wyo., have found that at least three water wells contain a chemical used in the natural gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing. Scientists also found traces of other contaminants, including oil, gas or metals, in 11 of 39 wells tested there since March.

The study, which is being conducted under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, is the first time the EPA has undertaken its own water analysis in response to complaints of contamination in drilling areas, and it could be pivotal in the national debate over the role of natural gas in America’s energy policy.” To read more, please click the link below.

Williams is at it again! by kim0917
10 August 2009, 10:49 am
Filed under: Quality of Life, Uncategorized
Gas driller seeks good vibrations
Eric Williams
Published 08/06/2009 – 11:12 a.m. CST
    A team of personnel from Williams Companies requested that the Flower Mound Town Council allow the company to use its roadways to conduct seismic mapping and permit underground pipelines for moving water and gas.  The company says seismic mapping could help the town maximize the economic benefit of gas drilling in the Barnett shale. The council was introduced to the topic as it prepared for future study of the issue that would perhaps include a work session. City Manager Harlan Jefferson said that from the city’s perspective, issues that need to be worked out include investigating potential motorist inconvenience and the impact the seismic work may have on roadway durability.  Among the streets where Williams requested permission were Red Rock Lane, Lusk Lane and other streets running north and south in western Flower Mound.  Jefferson said that city staff would accept questions from council members before proceeding with a work session or briefing.
   Millions of dollars in revenues to local mineral rights owners and governmental entities that assess property taxes are at stake, according to Williams Companies officials, in town from Tulsa for Monday’s Council Meeting. Two made brief presentations during the public participation section of the meeting. Tony Silvestri, Vice President for the Mid-Continent Asset team for the Williams Companies, requested that the town allow Williams to use public roadways for seismic mapping.  Silvestri said the seismic mapping is needed so Williams can make the most of its precision horizontal drilling in the Barnett Shale. He said the most productive layer in the Barnett shale can be as thin as 19 feet.  In areas where horizontal drillers are working from an accurate map, the recovery of natural gas is twice as efficient. He added that Williams has 4500 acres under lease at a cost of $20 million with plans to drill 100 wells. Total investment for the wells will approach $300 million, but how much Williams invests will depend upon expected returns, he said. The stakes are high for county government, municipal governments and schools. Silvestri estimated the projects will add $30 million in ad valorem and school taxes to local coffers.   

     Williams is the largest leaseholder for natural gas production in Flower Mound, according to Marilyn Rhodes, Regulatory Specialist, in the exploration and production area of the company. The company is also requesting permission to place underground lines to move gas and water related to the drilling. Rhodes told the council that the underground pipelines would reduce truck traffic in residential areas. Rhodes said the pipelines would be built in easements Williams would acquire. Seismic mapping is a process that involves two large trucks moving slowly over a roadway. The trucks create vibrations to move through the ground before they take extensive readings.  In an interview after the meeting, Rhodes described the impact as similar to a door slamming. Council members said they have heard from a number of citizens on the issue, mostly through supportive emails from persons who stand to benefit from the gas production. However, there has also been some messages that are hostile to providing Williams Companies access to the roadways.


ProPublica…a great site! by kim0917
10 August 2009, 10:37 am
Filed under: News, Politics, Quality of Life, Uncategorized

The link below is the home page for ProPublica. “ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.” …ProPublica internet site

Methane in drinking water? by kim0917
10 August 2009, 10:30 am
Filed under: Quality of Life, Uncategorized

Follow this link to an interesting article.