Hello all. I hope this is the correct forum as i am not too sure. First off I should give a little background info. I work in the Dallas Ft. Worth
area. I live about 45 miles outside of the city in a small rural town. My husband and I worked hard to build our first home 4 years ago. We chose a
place outside of the city which would remind us of "home", as we grew up in a small rural town in Oklahoma. We were tired of the hustle and bustle of
city life as we had lived in dallas for 10 years. The commute to work every day usually takes about an hour in the a.m. and depending on traffic,
sometimes up to 2 hours in the evening. We enjoy coming home to the sounds of the country...no police sirens, no airplanes, etc.
On the farm market road on the way to our house, you will pass a few gas wells. The wells come and go. Recently, as I was leaving for work around
5:45-6:00 am, I hear a loud noise, which awoke my husband and daughter. I look out the back window, which faces a pasture. I need to explain why I
looked out that back _ Last year, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving holiday) around 12 am I am aruptley awoken by a loud roaring and our house feels as if
it is shaking and rumbling. I rush around the house trying to figure out what is going on. My husband wakes at the same time and I look out the back
door, and i see a huge fireball to the left of the pasture.
Next to the huge fireball, is some kind of gas releasing. I guess the correct term is a burnoff? This went on for about 3 to 5 hours.
I look out the window in the rear of the house, I see a bulldozer/Tractor excavating something in the field. I think nothing of it as there are
always tractors mowing. I come home from work that evening and there is a pad of white, gravel or concrete i am not sure. The thing is, This pad is
around 180 feet from my back fence. My husband contacted the city and found out there is a permit for a gas well. Not just one but TWO. 180 feet
from my property.
In the past week I have had 2 meetings with a representative from the gas company. Long story short, These meetings did not end with any questions
answered. Just a bunch of run around stories. Blame Game, no one liable. No proof of earthquakes, health and environment concerns, the depreciation
of our property, our foundation warranty on our 4 year old home will become void. I also forgot to mention, the sound of the hydraulic fracking, the
lights from the rig, the sound of the 18 wheelers...if i heard the tractors, i can't imagine the sounds and lights. the ones i see down the road, are
not near houses but empty pastures. also, our bedrooms are at the back of the house.
The gas company suggested i pay for an inspector before and after....but even after their findings, the gas company is not liable. I feel i should
not have to pay...the company compares it to natural disasters, such as very high winds, tornadoes. I feel a gas well in my backyard is not
Every question i asked the rep. acted like I was an idiot and he did not understand what i was saying. A few example questions.
What happens if an accident occours, such as the 300-500 ft rig somehow malfunctions and falls on property.
his response "what do you mean?"
What happens if a chemical spills due to too much pressure or an overflow?
"what are you talking about we use no chemicals....overflow pressure???
what type of generators are used electrical or diesel?
"diesel, but its the same as driving behind an 18 wheeler.
I said i dont drive behind one 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.
etc.etc. this went on for 3 hours during each meeting.
After both meetings, i feel helpless and i am just one individual. I really do not want to resort to contacting the media, which by the way one of
the larger news outlets here is currently doing a story on fracking. The plans are to eventually drill a total of 4 wells. no permits for the other
2. There are plenty of attorneys, but not wanting to go that route. I know i can't stop the first two...but maybe I can receive help from the
members here to try to stop the next 2. I did not know where else to turn, there is so much information on the net, I dont know what to believe. I
have a town meeting June 9th. I hope to take my concerns there but not sure how far i will get.
By the way, the first meeting i recorded. The rep doesn't know. HE was not a polite proffesional. He treated the women as if this was the 1700's and
mostly spoke to the men or ignored us completey until the 2nd meeting at my home with just the rep and my husband and I. i
This is just the short version of the story as its late and i am stressed out and tired. I hope you guys can help me out some....Thanks.
I hate to edit this again but i am tired and i forgot something. Tonight around 8:45 i let my dog out and there was another bad smell of rotten eggs,
methane? which happens sporadically throughout the past 2 years. I got on the internet to contact the TCEQ but what do you know. their website is
down due to downtime maintenance. I emailed someone at the EPA to get my complaint out...even though it is out of their control. The main players
are The gas company, Devon energy. The Texas railroad commision, the EPA and TCEQ. They all put the blame on each other on who to complain to. It is
a big run around.
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