ARLINGTON -- With natural-gas drilling on the rise, the Planning and Zoning Commission will look at higher road-damage fees, tighter time limits and other measures to buffer the industry's impact on the city.
The commission meets in a 4 p.m. work session today at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St., to consider what would be the third major revision of the 2003 gas well ordinance.
The commission plans to vote next week on final recommendations to the City Council.
"This is one of the main drilling hubs in the Barnett Shale," Mayor Robert Cluck said.
"There is more urban drilling now. We're closer to structures -- homes, churches -- than we ever have been."
The city has received 210 permit applications since 2006, when its first seven wells were drilled. The city so far has approved permits for 163 wells, of which about 130 have been drilled, said Darren Groth, Arlington's gas well inspector. The increase in drilling points to the need for further strengthening of the ordinance, he said.
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