Hearing on Proposed Gas Well Near Grapevine Lake - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Hearing on Proposed Gas Well Near Grapevine Lake



    Flower Mound will hold a hearing Wednesday night on a proposed natural gas well beside Grapevine Lake.

    Dallas City Councilmember Angela Hunt, former Dallas Cowboy Marco Rivera and other neighbors are expected to voice their opposition to the drill request.

    Wednesday night the board turned down the permit to drill in the residential area. The second permit to drill near Lake Grapevine was still being discussed at 10 p.m.

    As NBCDFW reported in November Dallas Water Utilities officials are concerned about contamination over a request to drill for natural gas beside Grapevine Lake.

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    The lake is a major drinking water source for The City of Dallas, Highland Park, Grapevine and other customers of Dallas Water Utilities including Flower Mound.

    Flower Mound rules forbid drilling within 500 feet of an environmentally sensitive area.

    A variance request pending with the Town of Flower Mound asks to allow drilling much closer in this case.

    "It’s all in the drainage area that goes into Lake Grapevine," said Dallas Water Utilities Assistant Director Charles Stringer.

    "So it’s of concern to us whether it’s one foot or 500 feet. And we just don’t want to see any brine or any other waste products coming from the well, entering in the water supply. That’s our main concern," Stringer said.

    Gas wells dot the western side of The Metroplex but Stringer said this is the first one proposed so close to a City of Dallas drinking water reservoir.

    "We are watching this," Stringer said.

    The Town of Flower Mound is planning to renovate and reopen the closed park.

    Neighbor Alan Naul has been planning a new home nearby but the gas well proposal has him thinking twice.

    "It doesn’t just affect a few folks in Flower Mound. It really could affect a good chunk of The Metroplex," Naul said.

    The applicant is Keystone Exploration of Fort Worth.  President Tom Blanton said the well can be drilled safely without threatening the lake.

    "We can not take the risk of having any kind of contamination enter those waters," Blanton said.

    He said an earthen dike would be constructed around the drilling rig to keep run off out of the lake.

    Blanton said proposed drilling site is 40 acres owned by the former owner of several surrounding subdivisions.

    He said that owner retained the mineral rights on those home sites when selling them and is now attempting to exercise those rights.