Fort Worth Residents Protest Gas Compressor Station

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Two Fort Worth neighborhoods are battling a plan by Chesapeake Energy to build what could be the largest gas compressor station in the city.

More than 100 residents from River Trails and Mallard Cove neighborhoods packed an elementary school Tuesday night in a meeting with Chesapeake representatives.
Many of them just wanted to tell the company they don’t believe the industry statements that a station that size will be safe, and quiet.

“I don’t buy it,” said Travis Nash, who lives two-thirds of a mile from the proposed site. “You can skew information however you want to. You can have a test done; who’s paying for that test?”

There are 22 gas compressor stations in the region, with 100 engines operated by Texas Midstream Gas Services, a Chesapeake company.

The generators in a standard five-unit gas compressor station with diesel engines emit a dull rumble that can be clearly heard from a distance. When a door opens in the facility, noise pours out.

A typical station resembles a large, fabricated steel building that got lost on its way to a part of the city zoned for industrial use.

Exhaust pipes jut out from most stations. The buildings caged inside the chain-link fence that runs the length of the property would be painted an earthy tone.

Chesapeake says compressors at the Randol Mill site though would run on natural gas and electric.

Representatives said the noise would be similar to a conversation between two people, and the company says it’s sensitive to concerns about safety and sound.
“Not only do you have requirements by the state, but you have sound requirements that are given by the city,” said Justin Bond, Chesapeake spokesman.
Nash said he has a young family, and he’s concerned about the station’s emissions.

Several other residents echoed that concern. “What can you do to assure us mistakes aren’t going to happen?” asked one woman.

A study released this summer by Fort Worth showed no emissions that caused any imminent danger to health in the area.

It did, however, highlight compressor stations as one source of higher than desirable emissions.

Chesapeake said modeling showed benzene emissions at the Randol Mill site would be well below unhealthful levels.

Chesapeake says it needs the station to force gas through area pipelines. The large, centralized location could accept gas from all the stations in the region.

The River Trails subdivision borders the site and has 1,600 homes. Another neighborhood, Mallard Cove, sits just 1,100 feet away. Signs bemoaning the station sit in front of the entrances to each of those neighborhoods.

The city has already delayed a decision one time on allowing the facility.
Since then, however, the Fort Worth City Council has voted down an effort to tighten gas drilling rules for the energy industry.

“I don’t get anything from this,” Nash said. “Just more noise, devaluation of my home and property value.”

The area has been home to a city landfill that’s now closed.

A vehicle storage yard sits west of the neighborhoods and a cement plant.

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  1. darrell says:

    i can understand the logistical reasons for building it there. the practical and intelligent reason to do so dont exist. within an inner city the size of the metro-plex is the worst possible place. you might as well have frisco move its lead factory next door.
    ive also noticed that since the last elections that the leadership in fort worth is starting to look a lot like the leadership in dallas. that is a bad sign.

  2. Marcy says:

    A compressor site of this size (15 stations) is unprecedented. Anyone of sound mind would understand that neighborhoods don’t want an “industrial plant” next to their homes. IF the gas companies were truly wanting to lessen the worry of these neighborhoods, Chesapeake would go above and beyond state and local law requirements re: sound and emissions. This is where residents lack faith in gas companies. Chesapeake should have never planned to build this compressor monstrosity near residential areas!

  3. Tracy says:

    The City leaders of Fort Worth should be ashamed of themselves for even considering passing this zoning change and allowing such a facility so close to residential areas. Fort Worth is becoming an embarassment. Our city leaders need to understand they work for us, not the gas industry. I hope that any city officials know that if they have a hand in passing this, they are going to have a very difficult time being re-elected.

  4. darrell says:

    my suspicion is that chesapeak had this super compressor station planned from the beginning when its infra-structure planning was complete before it ever drilled a single well in in this region. it certainly isnt coincidence that this location just happened to be the perfect spot. no company that spends millions to make billions is that short sighted or lucky. the important question to answer is just when did officials in fort worth or tarrant county know about it and why only recently has this come to the publics attention?

  5. Shane says:

    I won’t name names but the young man who represented Chesapeake at last night’s meeting started with “I know it was just Halloween and I came here dressed at the scary oil and gas representive”. I thought that was in poor taste. Nobody I know in this area is against the oil and gas industry. We just want the business conducted in a safe way and in an appropriate area. This may be a joke to Chesapeake, but it’s not to us.

  6. Lou says:

    How can this be stopped? I would be outraged if I were forced to have to live anywhere near this compressor station. Chesapeake is making it completely obvious they don’t care about anything other than themselves, and if the city sides with them, well than they’re no better.

  7. Reese N. says:

    Great to see the citizens of Fort Worth fighting back on this. The gas industry has taken over this city and has almost every elected city official in it’s back pocket. Hopefully there are still a few honest ones left to help stop things like this. Maybe the tides are finally turning. Hopefully it’s not too late.

  8. penny says:

    It saddens me to know that these people will lose the value of their homes because of this money hungry corporation. There has GOT to be at least a dozen more suitable locations for this thing to go in. You know that none of them would live anywhere near one. Good luck FW residents. KEEP UP THE FIGHT!!!

  9. fed up says:

    Quote from: Griftopia by Matt Taibbi

    “…… revolutionary new vision for America’s industrial economy—one in which companies compete not on price and quality but in political influence, and earn profits not by attracting customers with good service, but by using the power of the state to protect markets and force customers into the fold.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. We need to stand up & say enough is ENOUGH!!!!!

  10. Lance says:

    If you oppose this, please send a petition to City Hall. Simply print something saying “I oppose the zoning change and building of a gas compressor station at 7429 Randol Mill Road. Case # ZC-11-098″ Then put your address and sign and mail to 1000 Throckmorton St, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

  11. Lance says:

    Oh, and put it c/o Zoning Commission. After the zoning hearing on Nov 9th, then you can petition the City Council. Particularly District 4 Councilman Danny Scarth.

  12. Diane says:

    I am not against the gas companies. This site is NOT an appropriate place to put 15 gas compressors! We put our dumps on the outrskirts of our communities because we don’t want to live in our waste. My neighborhood is 900 feet from this site. I do not want Chesapeakes waste in my air, water or soil! This is NOT “Clean Energy” as Chesapeake advertizes. It is fossil fuel plain and simple.

  13. Shelby says:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/fort-worth-city-council-vote-against-zoning-change-zc-11-098-address-7429-randol-mill-rd#

    This is the link to our online petition. We are asking EVERYONE who believes this should be opposed to post to your facebook, email your friends and spread the word that we do NOT want this near our community

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