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Arlington issues 3 citations to gas well driller for mishap

Little Road is blocked at Mayfield Road on April 12 in Arlington after the Arlington Fire Department expanded the evacuation zone around a gas well incident. The city has since issued Vantage Energy three citations for violations related to the incident.
Little Road is blocked at Mayfield Road on April 12 in Arlington after the Arlington Fire Department expanded the evacuation zone around a gas well incident. The city has since issued Vantage Energy three citations for violations related to the incident. Star-Telegram

The city has issued Vantage Energy three citations for violations related to a natural gas well site emergency in southwest Arlington this month.

Thousands of gallons of salty, pressurized frack water begin back-flowing out of a well April 11 at Vantage’s Lake Arlington Baptist Church drill site off Little Road and continued until the well was capped by a gas well response team the next day. More than 100 nearby homes were voluntarily evacuated until the well was brought under control.

The Arlington Fire Department issued Vantage citations for the release of hazardous materials and for its delay in notifying the city. Fire Chief Don Crowson told City Council this month that the company waited nearly two hours to call 911.

“Completion operations on the site remain suspended until our thorough root cause incident investigation is complete. The process may require several weeks to complete,” said Vantage Energy spokeswoman Nancy Farrar.

On Wednesday, the city also issued Vantage a citation for failing to maintain equipment. An investigation found that a malfunction with a frack adapter flange was to blame for the incident, city officials have said.

The fines, which are determined by Arlington Municipal Court, can be up to $2,000 for each citation.

Susan Schrock, 817-390-7639

Twitter: @susanschrock

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