Dallas City Debates Drilling, Production Ongoing 3/4/13
(Information in the following story is from: The Dallas Morning News,
http://www.dallasnews.com. Not for online use in Dallas market.)
DALLAS - Dallas-owned gas reserves are being produced and marketed
while the City Council debates allowing gas drilling on its land.
The bizarre circumstances that led to the production of Dallas gas
highlights the complexities of the horizontal drilling that allows operators to
extract once out-of-reach oil and gas from dense rock layers.
The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/ZPuZxp ) reports drilling on a
site in the Dallas suburb of Irving began in 2008. The well casing ruptured and
the driller plugged the well. A second well was drilled, but a nearby landowner
threatened to sue, alleging the company was taking gas without a lease. The
company changed direction, instead pulling gas from Dallas.
Meanwhile, officials haven't decided how to go ahead with drilling and
construction of a processing plant within city limits.