This photo shows a sinkhole by the parking lot entrance to Barnett Junior High School in southeast Arlington, Texas. It has been there for some time, but since it wasn't clear as to whether this was on City or School property, it remained in a state of disrepair. We just learned that it is the School District's responsibility. Originally, the issue was suspected to have been caused by a leak in the City's water main; however, that turned out not to be the case, according to an AISD official. The reason for the ground collapse remains a mystery.
Sinkhole at Barnett Junior High between parking lot and Prescott Drive, Arlington, TX
Barnett Junior High School located in the heart of a shale gas extraction zone in Arlington, TX
Now take a look at this Railroad Commission of Texas GIS map showing the horizontal well bores coming off the Fulson Drill Site operated by Chesapeake in Arlington, Texas:
Notice that the West Wing 1H well was drilled beneath the location near that sinkhole. Could all of this drilling, fracking, and extraction of natural gas be the culprit? It certainly may be plausible, but only time will tell...
In the meantime, while we're waiting for these revelations, click Here to read about subsidence. And click Here to read about the Wink Sink on Texas Sharon's blog. We hope to bring you more updates very soon... Shortly after this blog story was published, this weird event happened in Ohio.