Fracking to begin at Colleyville drill site

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COLLEYVILLE -- Atlas Resource Partners representatives informed the City Council on Tuesday that fracking will begin from its drill site on Pleasant Run Road on Monday.

The company plans to frack for five days every six months.

Mark Schumacher, Atlas' executive vice president of operations, said the company hopes to have tighter fracking intervals once a pipeline is routed to the drill site.

Atlas is in negotiations with a gas-gathering company, but there's no time line for a pipeline to be installed, he said.

"I told you in January that it's almost there; I can tell you again that it's almost there," Schumacher said during a pre-council briefing.

Once contracts are signed, it could take 15 to 18 months for the pipeline to be in service.

Councilman Mike Taylor asked if residents can halt the pipeline. Schumacher said the pipeline company would have to answer that, but as a utility it has rights of eminent domain.

Atlas is working on seven wells but has a contract with the city to have 14 wells by November 2015. Schumacher said it would test the rates of gas production before developing the rest.

The drill site has sound blankets, and Ron Ruthven, Colleyville's development director, said that an initial environmental test has been complete, and there will be further monitoring to ensure compliance.

"We've done baseline environmental testing as a benchmark for further testing," he said.

In January, Atlas shared its original plan of fracking until its 2.95-million-gallon storage pond runs out, and then returning after allowing it to refill. Council members considered selling the company water to quicken the fracking process.

Councilman Taylor said selling the water would allow Atlas to shorten the fracking period. "If they can get in and out faster and be done, I'm not so sure it's not a bad idea," Taylor said in January. "I can't see allowing them to go a year and a half."

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Dustin L. Dangli,

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