Information about the number of gas wells in Mansfield, Texas MUST be available with the City of Mansfield since production data is all public information. Your city has this information.
To be clear: 1) Gas wells are either in production; 2) Shut-in (awaiting a pipeline or awaiting "completion" which includes the fracking and flowback process; 3) Approved via a city permit, but not yet drilled; or 4) Plugged for one reason or another.
Once a Well is approved by the RRC, the permit will expire in 2 years if there is no drilling. The key for an operator is getting the "permit application" approved by the local municipality and then getting a hole in the ground to "hold the lessor's leases," since most expire within 3 years. Newer leases in the Barnett Shale are being written for up to 5 years, by the way.
Production of the well can only commence following "Well Completion" which includes 1) Perforating the welbore; 2) Fracking; 3) Flowback (including flaring if deemed necessary and/or allowed inside your city limits); AND finally 4) Hooking up the Gas Gathering Pipeline (also known as the Sales Pipeline) so that selling the gas can commence.
This final phase ~ the "Production Phase," is when royalties will commence for the lessors after "Division Paperwork," is completed.
Mansfield must know how many wells are in production AND how many permits they have approved over time and from the beginning. The permits from the RRC will expire in 2 years. And most cities also have an expiration date for the operators after they (the city) has approved those permits from the RRC.
If the city tells you they don't, then that cannot be true and you need to demand the information via an Open Records Request or from some other chart or available spreadsheet.
It's interesting that more Mansfield residents are not demanding this information. But unlike cities to your north, it appears that many of the neighborhoods in Mansfield never had "signing parties," and most don't own their minerals.
It seems to us that NOT receiving any of the monetary benefits BUT having to deal with ALL the industrial activity to the benefit of others ~ it's mind boggling to think about that situation, to say the least, and hard to imagine why your neighbors aren't more concerned and upset.
Seriously, I know. Unfortunately, many of the new growth out here for neighborhoods, do not have mineral rights. Those were retained with either the property owner or the developer. Or a combination of both. But despite getting the $$ or not, I don't believe that anyone is compensated enough for the VOC emissions that are increasingly pointing to respiratory issues and carcinogenic rises seen in North Texas. Not to mention the "non attainment" for ozone safety(also factors for increase illness) set by the EPA and not reached due to increased emissions from drilling and all its bi-products(trucks, engines etc..,)
I finally got gas well numbers yesterday afternoon, but I already have submitted public records as I want the detailed information. Knowing these depts the way I do, I suspect they had someone handcount off of TRRC GIS maps. One of the ladies in our group, called and spoke to director of planningII/ gaswell. He gave her a different number than what the gaswell inspector quoted me. So results of PR request should be interesting.
With all the drilling going on, I think many people are afraid to say anything--kinda like sticking your head in the sand and thinking it will go away if you just dont see it. And then others are worried about their investment--their homes--and the reduction in value. An attitude of--dont put my neighborhood on the radar until I can sell and get out----sort of mindset. But if folks would get on TRCC and look at the GIS maps for their area and-- really for Texas, we are ALL in the same boat.
I did the math for Mansfield on on average ft distance that horizontal drilling can reach and multiplied that times the # of wells the City tells me are active. That totals 1,236,000 ft. If you put that in a straight line it totals about 237.69 miles. WOW!
I hope that people will wake up and smell the odor! Then do the right thing by telling Govenment officials that it is their responsibility to protect their citizens by regulating the industry.
Truly, the City of Mansfield should provide you with a spreadsheet and/or a Gas Drilling Status Update for ALL the activity since Day 1. The City of Grand Prairie, TX provides that information on their web site.
Here it is: http://www.gptx.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8843
These cities do not like to make this information too easily accessible. In other words, you will not find gas drilling information posted on the front page of these websites. They like to conceal it (much like masonry walls and landscaping hide the ugliness of these industrial mining sites.) Both Arlington and Mansfield list gas drilling under the heading "Community Development." even though gas drilling is a destructive, harmful activity inside our communities.
Here is Mansfield's gas well activity information. Funny, that the City staff did not know this. Perhaps you spoke with the wrong person.
Hope this helps! :-)
Apparently the city doesn't want to share,
the link doesn't work : / ...not funny.
One of several voices asking questions and wanting an answer