Chesapeake Energy has received three drilling permits from the Texas Railroad Commission for its lease on the Texas Christian University campus. According to Railroad Commission records, the three wells will be drilled from the previously announced location of a parking lot just north of the school's football stadium. Each will travel roughly 2,200 feet to the east, nearly to University Boulevard, according to Chesapeake's applications with the commission. Although the wells originate from the same site, their well bores will be about 500 feet apart as they pass through the Barnett Shale, according to the permits, which were granted Nov. 16.
Chesapeake has not yet received a drilling permit from the city of Fort Worth, but Fort Worth Gas Well Inspector David Lunsford said he expects the company to apply for a drilling permit by January. When TCU announced in August that it had signed a mineral rights lease with Four Sevens Energy, which works on behalf of Chesapeake in Fort Worth, the school said it would allow drilling only between Jan. 10 and July 31, to avoid conflicts with use of the stadium for football games.
"The permit will be high impact with waivers if all required waivers may be obtained," Lunsford said. According to Chesapeake's permit, the drilling rig will be 533 feet from the north boundary of its lease. The city requires that drillers get a waiver from the owner of an occupied building within 600 feet of a drilling rig.
-- Jim and Mike