ARLINGTON The severe weather Monday night and early Tuesday caused quite a scare in a south Arlington neighborhood and it wasn't from the thunder and lightning.

A natural gas well at Highway 360 and Sublett Road vented 5,000 cubic feet of natural gas.

Residents said they heard a loud sound, then smelled a chemical odor.

Chesapeake Energy told the Arlington City Council Tuesday that when the power went out, its compressor stations went off-line. That increased the pressure in the pipeline system and it all backed up to the site.

Chesapeake admitted that 5,000 cubic feet of natural gas escaped, but the utility told the Council it dissipated safely.

Then, in a 5-4 vote on Tuesday, the Council approved six new drilling permits at that same location. The decision didn't sit well with area resident Jane Lynn.

I just wish that the City Council could have been more sympathetic and sided with us based on this just happening 40 hours ago, Lynn said. They went ahead and approved it. I think they should have tabled it.

Chesapeake said its safety measures worked. State regulators are investigating the incident.

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