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Arlington Council Considers 2nd Collins Gas Well Permit

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A proposal to add a second natural gas well on a site in south Arlington is expected to hear from protestors at city hall tonight.

The council narrowly gave tentative approval for the well on South Collins Street, at Caplan Drive.  But some neighbors oppose building a well near homes and a daycare center.

Neighbor Tammie Carson spoke out at last month’s city council meeting. “I find it unconscionable to put this kind of poison in our backyards and in our children’s play areas,” she implored, adding her concerns over possible physical repercussions, “Often outside my house the air smells like mothballs. When my children come, for sleepovers, they have frequent nosebleeds.”

For Arlington City Council Member Robert Rivera the issue is much larger than just the neighborhood. “You have a gateway to our city in terms of our airport,” he said. “There are a lot of individuals that come in and that’s the first thing they see about Arlington.”

Rivera was among three council members who voted against giving tentative approval for the permit. “I think it’s possible to build quality, commercial development there at some point, in some fashion without the well and it’s something I cannot support,” he said.

To try and ease concerns Lynda Gearhart, with Chesapeake Energy, told the city council about her meeting with the director of the nearby daycare.  “We asked her [daycare owner] if we ever disturbed her and she said ‘No,’ she can’t hear anything over the kids inside of the daycare.”

Some Arlington residents showed up outside city hall Monday with signs opposing expansion of the drilling site. Chesapeake Energy wants to expand the Rocking Horse drill site by more than two acres.

The Arlington City Council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and is scheduled to include a public hearing and final vote on the Chesapeake expansion request.

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