A Fort Worth woman filed a lawsuit Wednesday, asking a court to block a natural gas drilling permit at the "Trinity Trees" site along the river trail system near University Drive.
Melissa Kohout walks her dog along the Trinity River trail almost daily. She and her lawyer have already sent two letters asking the city not to allow natural gas drilling along the river because of the danger to trail users. City lawyers have already said the permit is legal.
Chesapeake Energy owns an 8-acre grove of trees next to the trail and has announced plans to clearcut 1.4 acres to make way for six to eight gas wells. There have been several public protests and Chesapeake has already agreed to shrink the size of the drilling pad and move some of the drilling equipment onto the nearby Union Pacific rail yard.
(Photo: Kohout and Barbie)