Southeast Arlington neighborhoods with more than 8,000 residents and occupying about 2,300 hundred acres have organized to negotiate mineral rights leases with plans for meetings this week.
The group, called SEAPO for Southeast Arlington Property Owners, have formed an organizing committee and plan meetings Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. at Mayfield Road Baptist Church, 1701 E. Mayfield Road. Translators for Spanish and Vietnamese will be on hand.
The group's model lease is based on one used by Southwest Arlington Property Owners, or SWAPO. SEAPO has set up a Web site, www.seapo.org and is asking residents who have not already registered, to sign in and fill out a form to get them on the neighborhood list.
A meeting at the church Monday night drew a crowd too large for the church, an organizer said.
Even with ice and snow, "we had 500 people in a place that seats 350," said organizer Jim Colley. "We had people parked four and five blocks away just to get tot he meeting."
The group sent mailers to 8,000 addresses, not counting apartments and commercial businesses, in the area outlined by Texas 360 to the east, Interstate 20 to the south, Matlock Road to the west and Arkansas Lane to the north.
The group organized after getting solicitations to lease mineral rights to Holland Acquisitions, Colley said.
SEAPO has sent requests for proposals to several drilling companies and has received interest from at least three, Colley added. The group has not identified possible drilling sites. "That will be up to the drilling companies," Colley said.
Deadline for sealed bids is Tuesday, March 11 at 6 p.m., Colley said.
-- Bill Bowen