Local cities selling water to natural gas companies

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by CHRIS HAWES

WFAA

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 16 at 10:28 PM

ARLINGTON - Jane Lynn could not believe what she saw at a natural gas drill site last Friday.

A natural gas company hooked lines up to a fire hydrant, then trucked the water out of town.

She took a picture of the incident, and now the City of Arlington is considering fines.

"Our water sustainability is a serious concern, and we must look at the big picture," Lynn said.

Arlington, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth and White Settlement are among the area cities that sell water to natural gas companies. The companies hook lines up to fire hydrants, then meters tally the bill.

But there are rules.

In Arlington, the water use is approved in relation to a drill site. City staff make sure the surrounding area can handle the extra water usage.

So when Lynn saw water being driven away, she contacted the city. Lynn said she was at first told it was going to drilling operations in a city with water restrictions.

A city spokesman said the city is reviewing possible fines against the driller.

Lynn took her concerns to Arlington City Council Tuesday night. Only Councilman Robert Rivera had anything to say in return, assuring her a town hall meeting on natural gas water use and other issues will be held soon.

Arlington is not under water restrictions. If level-two restrictions are implemented, selling water to gas companies from hydrants will require an extra permit.

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