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Lewisville Council to Seek Public Input on Oil and Gas Ordinance Change

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/12/20 11:20:00 (1593 reads)
Oil and Gas

Open in new windowWhen the Lewisville City Council meets Monday night, one of the topics up for discussion (PDF) is a change to the city's Oil and Gas Ordinance, seeking to establish professional qualifications for the city's oil and gas Technical Advisor.

The item is on the agenda at the request of Councilman Thornhill, who requested the city staff to review our current requirements for the city's Oil and Gas Inspector (currently our Fire Marshal) after the City of Fort Worth recently changed theirs.

Staff recommend passing the following qualifications:

The City shall employ a technical advisor or advisors who are experienced and educated in the Oil or Gas industry or the law as it pertains to Oil or Gas matters. Such technical advisor shall possess at a minimum, a degree in petroleum engineering with a background in drilling and production or demonstrate a proven background in the drilling, production, and operation of oil and gas wells. The function of such advisor(s) shall be to advise, counsel or represent the City on such matters relating to Oil or Gas operations within the City as the City may want or require and the effect thereof, both present and future, on the health, welfare, comfort and safety of the citizens of the City. In the event such Technical Advisor(s) is employed for the purpose of advising, counseling or representing the City relative to an Operator's unique and particular set of circumstances, case or request relating to this Ordinance, then the cost for such services of such Technical Advisor(s) shall be assessed against and paid for by such Operator in addition to any fees or charges assessed pursuant to this Ordinance, including an annual inspection of all wells.
Prior to the employment of a Technical Advisor, the City shall inform the Operator of the intended scope of work and the estimated costs and expenses.



The Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month in Council Chambers at City Hall.

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Posted: 2009/12/20 16:30  Updated: 2009/12/20 19:20
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The qualifing person should be whom ever steps out in the field and does the physical inspections of the well sites. I would hope the Gas Inspector would be the qualifing person more so than an adviser.
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Posted: 2009/12/20 23:01  Updated: 2009/12/20 23:05
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I'm not yet sure what to make of this. I agree that the person doing the inspection should know what they're looking at. The knowledge needed may be different based on whether it's a rig during the drilling process, or if it's a finished well.

I guess what matters the most to me is WHO the inspector is serving. I've had enough of the Texas Railroad Commission and their shameless service of the oil and gas industry to the exclusion of protecting Texans. I want to make sure that whoever we have out there doing the inspecting is not going to take "that's just how we do it" for an answer. If something is unsafe or polluting, we need a total hard-ass who will just red tag it and write a citation.

Given the recent air studies that show possible cancer-causing pollution from gas wells, we really need to get this right.
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Posted: 2009/12/21 21:19  Updated: 2009/12/21 21:27
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It passed in tonight's Council meeting, kicking off a 30 day comment period. It should be noted that Councilman Thornhill wants to ensure that the actual on-the-ground inspector has the qualifications. Councilman Durham wanted to clarify that the public should not expect a 30 day comment period on everything, but as City Manager Claude King explained, it is done now on oil and gas issues because the public and industry stakeholders may have varying opinions. This blog was probably partially to blame for that because of some hellraising we did last year. (Not my best writing, but what can I say? I was peeved)

We'll post a link to the public comment website as soon as we get it.
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Posted: 2009/12/24 12:13  Updated: 2009/12/24 14:41
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The inspector should be someone who has ties to the community and a vested interest there NOT someone with ties to industry.

I'll take a private citizen with curiosity any day!
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The City of Lewisville's website is now accepting public comments here: http://www.cityoflewisville.com/wcmsi ... f/Content/Public+Comments
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