French oil major Total is licking its wounds after the Arlington City Council denied permits to develop three natural gas wells next to a day care but the company is asking state regulators for permission to drill eight more wells in other parts of the city.
City leaders voted 6-3 in a June 9 decision, to deny permits for three natural gas wells planned at the company’s AC 360 lease next to the Mother’s Heart Learning Center off State Highway 360 and Pioneer Parkway.
Total has not announced how the company will proceed after the vote but over the past week, the company filed eight drilling permit requests with the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state agency that regulates the oil and natural gas industry.
One of the projects is a horizontal well that targets the natural gas-rich Barnett Shale formation on the company’s Megalodon lease, an already-existing drilling pad between the Chesterfield Apartments and a Kroger supermarket off U.S. Route 287.
The other seven horizontal wells target the Barnett Shale on another already-existing drilling pad just east of the Arlington Municipal Airport on the company’s Rocking Horse lease off South Collins Street.
Top 10 Texas Drillers
(June 17 through June 23)
SM Energy 8
Diamondback Energy 5
Pioneer Natural Resources 4
PDC Permian 4
EOG Resources 4
Sabinal Energy 3
Rockcliff Energy 3
Escondido Resources 2
Source: Railroad Commission of Texas
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