A controversial vote in Arlington Tuesday night will allow a second gas well to be drilled not far from a day care center. (Published Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013)
A controversial vote in Arlington Tuesday night will allow a second gas well to be drilled not far from a day care center.
After hearing from supporters and opponents at the public hearing, Arlington City Council voted 5-4 to approve the permit for a second well at the Rocking Horse drill site. The site is located in the 4500 block of South Collins Street, across from Arlington Municipal Airport.
“I’m horribly disappointed," says drilling opponent Tammie Carson. "They’re agreeing to let drilling go on by a day care center. I mean of all the things, you know, close to my heart, I have grandkids”.
“This is major progress to have an almost split vote because typically they will vote unanimously on these type of items so we’re making progress”, says drilling opponent Jane Lynn. “I guess we need to look at it that way."
The second well will be 359 feet from the Childcare Network Day Care Center.
Chesapeake Energy told council members that it eventually wants to put 11 wells at the Rocking Horse site.
The company promised to install a working surveillance camera within 30 days.
Drilling could begin within six months.