Public Meetings to discuss Saltwater Disposal Wells

January 6, 2012 · Filed Under Events and News, Urban Gas · Comments Off on Public Meetings to discuss Saltwater Disposal Wells 

From the website:

Five public meetings to discuss saltwater disposal wells

Posted Nov. 21, 2011

After the first of the year, Fort Worth residents will have the opportunity to learn about saltwater disposal wells and give their opinion on the practice.

Five public meetings are planned in January and February. Meetings will be held in four quadrants of the city and downtown. Each meeting will include a presentation by city staff on saltwater disposal, comments by a panel made up of industry members and residents, and a moderated discussion between the panel and the audience.

These are the dates of the meetings:

  • North: Jan. 19; Location to be announced
  • South: Jan. 26; Location to be announced
  • West: Feb. 2; Lost Creek Country Club
  • East: Feb. 9; Tarrant County College Opportunity Center
  • Central: Feb. 23; City Council Chamber

All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Following the public meetings, the City Council will be briefed on the results, and a public hearing is scheduled for March 6, 2012, at a City Council meeting.

A moratorium on saltwater disposal wells remains in place until April 30, 2012. Without these wells, gas drilling companies must truck millions of gallons of water outside the city as a byproduct of the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process. Heavy truck traffic causes wear on city streets.

Saltwater Disposal Wells

Currently, there is a moratorium on saltwater disposal wells in Fort Worth. This means that this wastewater must be trucked out of the city, greatly increasing truck traffic on streets. The new rules would allow saltwater disposal wells in the city if the wastewater is injected into the Ellenberger formation – deeper than the Barnett Shale formation. Residents within 1,000 feet of a proposed salt water disposal well, along with neighborhood associations within one-half mile, must be notified.

If a proposed saltwater disposal well falls within 1,000 feet of a protected use, City Council approval would be required. Additionally, access to saltwater disposal wells would be limited to larger industrial roads in order to protect neighborhood streets from heavy truck traffic.



September 23, 2010 · Filed Under Events and News, Urban Gas · Comments Off on STATE OF GAS PIPELINES IN FORT WORTH, OCT 21 
Source: Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods

Save Thursday evening, October 21, 2010, 7:00 p.m. for a public presentation of the League’s “State of Gas Pipelines in Fort Worth” report to be presented by Carl Weimer, Executive Director, Pipeline Safety Trust, and Richard Kuprewicz, pipeline engineer and president of Accufacts.

In the wake of the recent gas pipeline explosion in a San Bruno, California neighborhood, the pipeline study has particular relevance to heighten awareness about gas pipelines and the many issues associated with them in Fort Worth.


September 15, 2010 · Filed Under Events and News, Urban Gas · Comments Off on INDEPENDENT FIRM TO OUTLINE AIR QUALITY STUDY AT PUBLIC MEETING 

Fort Worth’s recently commissioned air quality study will be discussed at an informational presentation, scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

At the presentation, representatives from Eastern Research Group (ERG) – the contractor currently completing a comprehensive review of natural gas production’s impact on local air quality – will outline the company’s  proposed work plan, including the ambient air sampling network and the process for identifying and evaluating emissions from natural gas facilities during all phases of drilling and production.

Residents can submit questions and comments via e-mail at

About the Air Quality Study

City Council in March established the Air Quality Study Committee to address concerns over emissions generated through gas drilling. Committee members were asked to identify study objectives, evaluate the qualifications of interested consultants, review the scope of work with candidate consultants and recommend a consultant and study framework.

ERG was recommended by the Air Quality Study Committee as the most qualified of eight firms evaluated, and the City Council later approved the contract to begin testing. The independent evaluation will test air quality and emissions at no less than 75 percent of well sites in Fort Worth.

About the Contractor

ERG is a Massachusetts company that provides environmental, engineering, economic and laboratory services. From its regulatory development, air toxics and air permitting projects for various government agencies, ERG has developed extensive knowledge of the natural gas exploration and production industry.

To assist with the field testing, ERG has partnered with Sage Environmental Consulting L.P. –  an environmental engineering and consulting company with expertise in regulatory compliance and permitting.

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