Thursday, October 18, 2012

DAG Amendments - let's see how they compare to the new, new draft

Sometime in the next 24 hours the Task Force is going to release another draft of the ordinance, which should reflect citizen input.

DAG has compiled its own set of amendments (available in draft form - a finalized version to be released after incorporating changes in the new, new draft). I include a chart summarzing our proposed changes below.

So, let's see how many of our ideas (which many DAG members and other citizens submitted via e-mail) have made it into the new, new draft.

Stay tuned for our final report with our proposed amendments - for now, here is where we stand with our response to the old, new draft (released on Oct. 1):

Broaden the purpose of ordinance
Ft. Worth, Grand Prairie, and more…
Require cathodic protection
Grand Prairie, Southlake
Broaden definition of protected use
Flower Mound
Prohibit drilling by right
Ft. Worth, Grand Prairie, Southlake
Require seismic permit
Southlake, Flower Mound
Require permit alterations abide by current ordinance
Task Force Minority Report
Increase separation standards
Flower Mound
Alter variances
Grand Prairie
Require zero emission dehydrators
EPA STAR best practice
Strengthen vapor recovery unit requirement
EPA will require this as of Oct. 15, 2013.
Prohibit open pits and land farming and require closed-loop fluid systems 
Flower Mound, Southlake, Hurst, Dish, Grand Prairie, Grapevine
Require green completions (reduced emissions completions (RECs)) and prohibit flaring
Flower Mound, Southlake, Hurst, Dish. EPA will require RECs as of Jan. 1, 2015
Require remote foam lines on tank batteries
Original Denton ordinance; many cities
Require low toxicity drilling fluids
Grand Prairie, Southlake
Require water recycling where applicable
Task Force
Require no-bleed or low-bleed pneumatic valves
Devon, Chesapeake, EPA STAR best practice
Require pre and post drilling air, water, and soil monitoring
Task Force, Hurst, Dish, Flower Mound
Establish a pad site upgrade incentive program
Task Force
Prohibit glycol dehydrators, require dessicant dehydrators or better environmental performer
EPA STAR best practice
Require methane capture when transferring condensate into tank trucks
EPA STAR best practice
Prohibit compressor stations
Task Force, Bedford, Southlake
Require excess flow valves
EPA STAR best practice
Require plunger lift system
EPA STAR best practice
Expand best practices to minimize sediment runoff
Task Force
Require waste management plan
Clarify enforcement penalties for noncompliance
Task Force, Denton Development Code, Flower Mound
Strengthen emergency action plan
Task Force, Southlake
Strengthen blow out preventer requirement
Post inspection results on the City website
Task Force
Establish timeline for compliance of unpermitted wells
Task Force


  1. The City of Denton "worked" for over a year and all we saw in the last draft were 30 changes. The new, new draft posted today is full of consultant recommendations and minor staff changes. What has the City been doing all this time if they only make minor changes on their own and need outside consultants? They need to release more information to prove that they are not just a huge waste of time. DAG makes more specific recommendations just on this page than what I see coming from the City. The DRC should request public records to see if our comments are even being considered or if the City even considered more than 30 items, which were recommendations from the Task Force anyway. Maybe the City will talk about this during their next closed meeting on Monday. Good work DAG, keep fighting for "we the people" and keep posting.

    1. Thanks for the good word. I agree with your read of the new draft. There are a couple of good changes - more testing of wells, beefed-up leak detection, foam lines are back in there. But still so much is missing...we'll keep working on it.