Thursday, September 30, 2010

Titan Files Rule 37 with the Texas Railroad Commission for Hilliard Site

Most people know that an operator cannot drill under their land without a lease, but do not understand what an application for Rule 37 exception is, nor what can happen if they receive notice and fail to protest. Unless a protest is filed per the deadline on the notice, the operator will be granted the Rule 37 exception. Upon the granting of the exception, the operator has the authority to drill the well and come as close as 1 foot of your property line.

Those of you that have not signed leases that are within 330 feet of the well bore path, have a right to file a protest. At least one person must file a protest for the exception not to be approved administratively. There must be a hearing if the Rule is protested.

For the Titan Rule 37 application, a protest notification must be received by 5:00 pm on October 21st.

The current Rule 37 filing only applies to the 1H South Unit

Looking at the
1H North Unit, Scroll down to the attachments, you can see the pool lists and it looks like they want to drill past many who have not signed as well. So there may be another Rule 37 application in the works.

Click here to go to the Form filed for the 1H South Unit with the TRRC. Then scroll down to the attachments. Click on "rrc service list" and "NOA-0267624.svc."

TXSharon has some more info on this too. click here

Please contact us via e-mail if you need more info.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hey Titan seismic testing contractor, it is a violation to seismic test on town right of way!!

Many residents living in the Hilliard area may have noticed some interesting contraptions sitting the side of the streets in their neighborhoods. They look like weed whackers with lots of cords, wires and a box.

This is a seismic testing device. The problem is they are sitting on the town's "Right of Way" and are in violation of the Town Ordinance.

Titan and the contractor they have hired to do the seismic testing should be cited and fined for this violation. Seismic testing was such a hot issue a year ago in Flower Mound and was all over the news. I guess we have to assume Titan and their contractor either lived under a rock when the town voted not to allow seismic testing on right of ways or did not read the rules and regulations for seismic testing.

In the future, if you see anything going on in your neighborhood or at the Hilliard site that appears to be a violation, please report it to the town immediately.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

TXOGAP hosting a Help fix the TCEQ's 12 hour odor response system public meeting

Have you made an odor complaint to TCEQ and not been happy with the outcome? Are you interested and learning more about the "Odor Complaint System" and how it can serve the citizens of the shale better?

You are invited to the Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project's Help Fix the TCEQ's Stinky 12-hour Odor Response System public meeting where you will get to speak for 3 minutes about your experience with their response and give your suggestions for how to make it work better.

DISH, Texas Town Hall
5413 Tim Donald Road
DISH, Texas 76247 MAP

October 13, 2010, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

TCEQ - they said no but we think they might change their mind. Click here to read TXSharons post and read the letter sent to the TCEQ...
Wilma Subra - Confirmed
EPA - Probable

More information coming

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Why the Hilliard Permit be Withdrawn

Do you want to understand why the Hilliard drilling permit should be withdrawn?

Are you not sure what Tank Battery Variances are, when they're required, and how they should have been applied to Hilliard?

If you'd like to understand more, attend a 30 minute presentation tonight (Tuesday, September 21st) at 3104 Native Oak Dr. at 7pm.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sunday's Protest at Cherokee Horn

I'm reminded of the Sesame Street song that had the line..."one of these things is not like the other...."

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Protest Tomorrow at Cherokee Horn Offices on 2499 and Surrey Drive

Cherokee Horn has announced that they're pulling out of Flower Mound and that tomorrow is the last day to sign a lease.

Join with us as we remind folks that signing a lease will NOT make them rich! And also by not signing a lease, they may well be protecting the health and safety of residents, school children, church goers, and commuters near Hilliard.

Be at 2499 and Surrey Drive (just north of Spinks) anytime from noon till 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon (9/5/10).

Bring water, signs, your family/friends/kids, as we give CH the send off they deserve.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another Williams Spill in Flower Mound

There has been another spill at the Cummings site in Flower Mound. According to the Cross Timbers Gazette, 40 barrels of drilling mud spilled at the Cummings site. That makes 3 spills since April of this year at this drilling site. Williams temporarily stopped drilling activity during the clean up.

This is another example of why natural gas drilling does not belong near homes and schools.

The Cummings site is very close to where Williams wants to put a Centralized Compression Facility which will be located just on the border of Flower Mound and Bartonville currently in a ETJ. Unfortunately this area falls under county regulation and not either of the towns ordinances. A day care center and homes are located across from the proposed site.

Click here to read about a family who are one of Williams' "neighbor".

Williams should not be allowed to put any production facility in until they become more responsible.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Don't Want Drilling in Flower Mound? DON'T SIGN A LEASE !

As you know, the Town of Flower Mound recently approved Titan's application to drill two gas wells on the Hilliard property. There are only a handful of leaseholders for those two well units and they are ALL located in the immediate vicinity of Hilliard. THERE ARE NONE THAT ARE WEST OF 2499.

With that said, there are very aggressive efforts underway by Cherokee Horn to convince residents of Woodlake Estates, Lakeview Estates, and Northshore that drilling is a foregone conclusion and that residents that do not sign are foolish for throwing away the "$2,500 per acre" (translation just a bit over $500 for the average homeowner) signing bonus. Add in the less than a $1/day in royalties and you've got....PENNIES PER DAY!

Don't fall for their pushy sales pitch. For drilling to occur (other than the two wells at Hilliard, since Ronnie Hilliard unilaterally made his leasing decision which will impact thousands of residents, church goers, commuters, and school children that did nothing other than pick "75022" as their zip code), many more residents will need to sign leases.

You have the right to refuse to sign a lease. Remember that if you do not sign a lease, the driller is required, by law, to stay at least 330 feet away from your property. Also, they cannot go under it. (You theoretically own your property all the way to the center of the earth!) Your refusal to lease your property, combined with the hundreds of other residents that have not signed, (despite what Cherokee Horn may say), will limit the overall number of wells, the length of time Town residents are exposed to dangers that come during the drilling process, as well as the amount of rigs and supporting equipment that will soon be what welcomes people to Flower Mound.

Please don't sell your neighbors out for PENNIES PER DAY!