Chesapeake Won't Drill on TCU Campus

Gas company will access minerals from existing drill sites, city councilman says.

By Scott Gordon
|  Thursday, Jan 15, 2009  |  Updated 7:00 PM CDT
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Chesapeake Won't Drill on TCU Campus

TCU and Chesapeake Energy have decided against drilling for natural gas on campus, according to a Fort Worth city councilman.

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Chesapeake Energy has decided against drilling for gas on the Texas Christian University campus, a Fort Worth city councilman said Thursday.

Instead, the company will access the gas under the university from two existing wells in industrial areas, said Councilman Joel Burns, who represents the area around TCU.

Some homeowners who live near the school opposed the drilling.

"I applaud both Chesapeake and TCU for heading our request and removing the TCU site from their plans," Burns said. "This is a great example for how a comprehensive approach to gas drilling can work."

A spokeswoman for Chesapeake Energy did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

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