Last night Chesapeake held a community meeting at the Southwest Branch Library to discuss progress on the Bruder Gas Drill Site located at I-20 and Park Springs in Arlington, Texas.
This location is slated to have up to 19 wells with
Before the meeting began, we learned that a resident who asked Chesapeake for a copy of their mineral lease was inadvertently sent a spreadsheet containing the names and social security numbers of lessors. That was a huge mess! Supposedly, Chesapeake attempted to make things right by offering LifeLock to the parties involved.
The overall vibe in this community meeting room was contentious. On their own website page (shown below), Chesapeake forewarns us about this: "At each council meeting, a small handful of vocal opponents pepper the council with dishonest reasons to stop progress and take away your rights as mineral owners."
In our estimation, there is no reason for a person to be dishonest if they oppose heavy industrial mining operations where they live. The facts about the process alone, along with the industry's history of accidents is scary enough reason to oppose this type of activity.
There were many peppery type of people at the meeting last night, but sadly, the majority of the folks in the room are still concerned about receiving their royalty checks which are not being mailed as quickly as expected. One woman actually believed she would receive $300 a month! In a subdivision where most homes sit on quarter-acre sized lots, taking away one of the zeros will probably be more realistic.
One gentleman in the room did not hold back expressing his lack of trust in a company that is under investigation with the SEC. He appeared frustrated when no one in the room could answer his questions - one being whether or not Chesapeake sells their gas at the Henry Hub. He should have received "The Pepper Award" for presenting the most challenging questions.
What was both disappointing and surprising was that no one talked about The Process which is taking place - in this neighborhood - a mere 300 feet from homes.