This operator plans to drill four more unconventional gas wells at the Sue Barnett Drill Site located on Southeast Parkway in Arlington, Texas. This heavy industrial site shares its fence line with a pretty horse and red barn, a lovely country home, and a small mom-and-pop business strip. It sits catty-corner to a community college, next door to a subdivision of homes, and down the street from a junior high school and an elementary school. It was quite the unexpected large-scale operation one would expect to see inside any residential community.
It felt like a war zone this week as convoys of wide loads of Hodges fracking trucks filed in endlessly onto the pad site hauling all sorts of heavy industrial equipment and numerous tanks marked with "Danger" signs. Even portable office buildings and trailers rolled in.
Police in black unmarked FBI-looking vehicles ~ except for the flashing lights ~ escorted the massive trucks onto the pad site. They appeared to be "police" since they had police patches sewn onto the sleeves of their shirts giving the impression that they were law enforcement. These men were hired by the same trucking outfit they were escorting. Thus, they did not issue a single citation for the numerous times their drivers violated the designated truck route which is clearly spelled out in the site stipulations for this particular drilling location. We are waiting to hear back from the City to see what went awry.
This week may have been Spring Break for many, but not for those of us who are trapped in Gasland...
TONS of #fracking truck traffic in our hood today. #Arlington #FromGasland @TXsharon @gardencatlady @WCGasette pic.twitter.com/z04LK3cHHH
— Fish Creek Monitor (@Fishcreek1269) March 12, 2015
Hodges' drivers violated truck route today on way to Sue Barnett #Fracking Site @ArlingtonRivera @CityOfArlington pic.twitter.com/eiYVlE1mOe
— Fish Creek Monitor (@Fishcreek1269) March 13, 2015
Video: Does Arlington have any walkable or bikeable neighborhoods? 7 months ago me and my 16 year old son... http://t.co/IbFyaUok8M
— Arlington Proud (@ArlingtonProud) March 12, 2015
*We heard back from the City, and here is the UPDATE:
Amount of Fine: $0.00