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Denton-Record Chronicle Reports on Temporary Moratorium in Corinth

Corinth moves to slow drilling

New, amended permits subject to moratorium   

 07:14 AM CDT on Friday, May 21, 2010

By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer 

CORINTH – The City Council imposed a 120-day moratorium on new and amended drilling permits as well as a moratorium on new natural gas pipeline facilities during its regular meeting Thursday night. The moratorium will remain in place, with the possibility of a two-month extension, until the council can revisit and revise its natural gas drilling and production pipeline ordinances. 

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Gas Well Ordinance Public Hearing at Corinth City Hall May 20, 2010

There will be a Public Hearing at Corinth City Hall to discuss the City of Corinth Gas Well Ordinance and a temporary moratorium on Thursday, May 20, 2010.  It is more important than ever to attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. and let your Mayor and City Council Members know how you appreciate the consideration of this item and how you would like them to vote on it!  In light of all the recent news about safety concerns on drilling in the Barnett Shale and elsewhere, this is a proactive and responsible measure to address the issues.  Get the word out to your friends and neighbors.  Your attendance at the public hearing will speak volumes to the priority of this item!

Click here for a link to the Council Agenda and Packet.

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Denton County Commissioners meeting on May 18th 9 a.m.

The Denton County Commissioners Court will meet on Tuesday May 18, 2010 at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 West Hickory, Denton, Texas.  One item on the agenda is “Discussion of citizen concerns related to drilling within the Barnett Shale in Denton County”

To see the entire agenda click here.

All the towns and cities in our county are being affected by drilling activities.  It is important to have consistency in addressing drilling safety.  We know many of you work and can not attend due to the time of day.  If you are able to attend, please put May 18th on your calendar.

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Reminder GASLAND Showing Wednesday Night

Please come out and support the people that have supported you. Click the link below to RSVP!

Join GASLAND Director Josh Fox, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Texas State Representative Lon Burnam, and Oil & Gas Accountability Program Director Gwen Lachelt, and learn about the impacts of natural gas drilling on our clean air, our drinking water, our communities and our environment.

Where: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
When: Wednesday May 12th, 2010

The Schedule:
5:30 PM Pre-party with cash bar (open to everyone)
6:30 PM GASLAND Screening (suggested donation: $15)
8:30 PM VIP After-party (suggested donation: $85)

Please click here to RSVP for the movie, or the movie and the shindig afterwards. Or RSVP at http://gasland.earthworksaction.org

Don’t know about the movie? Find out more at http://gaslandthemovie.com

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DRC Reports on Permit Withdrawal by XTO

DRC launched an extensive article on XTO’s withdrawal of the Lake Sharon A 1H Unit revised application with the Railroad Commission on Friday, May 7th.

Corinth Cares reported the news originally on this blog on May 4th.  

click here for video of residents involved.

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GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

We are so proud to live in a City where the citizens care enough to come together and put the necessary time and effort in to maintain the health, safety and welfare of the community and their neighbors. We are also grateful to the Mayor, City Council and Staff for all the time and energy it took to learn everything they needed to make an educated decision. How rare it is to have Council Members who are willing to listen and spend time on the details of such a complex issue! Some towns in the Metroplex are not as privileged as we are; to be treated with respect and patience even after long hours at Council meetings. Be sure to let them know you are thankful for their efforts, intelligence and diligence.

  • Remain vigilant and aware of the issues in your City. Visit the City of Corinth website and check out the agenda for meetings regularly. You can find them in the left margin under “Agendas and Minutes”. We know this may be but a short respite and we may need to act again.

 

  • Get out and VOTE in local elections! If you haven’t figured this out by now, your local government has a greater impact on your daily life than the state or national government; yet the number of voters for local elections remain low. Change your voting habits now! There are City Council and School Board elections EVERY YEAR in May. Participate!

Thank you again!

Sincerely,

Corinth Cares Citizens

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XTO Withdraws Lake Sharon Application with Texas Railroad Commission

XTO Energy has withdrawed its Lake Sharon A 1H Unit revised application with the Railroad Commission of Texas.

  • Another great victory
  • XTO back to the drawing board

Several weeks ago, it was discovered that the Lake Sharon A 1H unit well permit application had been amended by XTO. All drilling permits are first issued by the Railroad Commission, then the drilling company submits an application and plan with the city where a well will be drilled. XTO amended the application with the Railroad Commission of Texas to increase the size of the pool. A pool is a group of properties used for the drilling of a well.

Due to several residents within the pool not having signed leases, XTO had to request a waiver from Rule 37 with the Railroad Commission of Texas. Rule 37 requires all drilling (well head and/or borepath) to be a minimum of 330 feet from any unleased property. XTO filed an application to waive the spacing exception and the Railroad Commission of Texas sent letters of this notice to the owners who had not signed leases within the pool. Two protest letters were filed with the Railroad Commission of Texas by residents with properties within 330 ft. of the well bore.

Due to the filing of the protest letters, a hearing was scheduled for May 7th. After talking to most of the 19 residents who’s properties fell within the 330 ft. of the well bore, it turned out that there were several residents that had not received the notification of the amended permit application and others simply hadn’t realize the important of the notice or it wasn’t noticed in the mail. Eight families agreed immediately to be filmed for the hearing.

As can be seen on the Railroad Commission of Texas Website, XTO withdrew the application to amend the permit and waive Rule 37 on April 29, 2010 immediately after the notices of intent to appear were submitted by the residents planning to attend. It seems quite clear XTO did not expect anyone to show up at this hearing. XTO never mentioned the hearing in presentations to the City Council. It only came up at the second Corinth City Council hearing after Peggy Bush discovered it and informed the Council.

Unfortunately, XTO permits approved by the Railroad Commission of Texas for the Lake Sharon B unit and the original A 1H unit permit are still valid. The approved Lake Sharon A 1H unit permit is for a far smaller plat than the plat in the amended application that has been withdrawn. Regardless the difficulties, it must be a major set back for XTO Energy Inc. and yet another great victory for the Citizens of Corinth. Residents must remain vigilant and always watch their mail for notices from the Railroad Commission of Texas, especially if they have not signed a lease.

More information on XTO’s Lake Sharon A unit can be found by clicking here.
To read the official letter of withdrawl, click here:
https://corinthcares.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/letter-of-withdrawl-of-r37-application.pdf

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