Fort Worth is considering changes to its natural gas drilling ordinance.
The proposed modifications would require natural gas operators to obtain 100 percent of waivers within 525 feet of the pad site boundary. Under the proposed changes, companies must have 75 percent of the waivers from property owners before coming to get a City Council waiver. The council also showed support for having notifications of renters out to 1,000 feet from the well site boundary. The hope is it will make renters aware of sites. But city officials said it will be difficult to notify apartment dwellers because they can't contain individual addresses of apartment units. They do believe they will be able to reach renters of homes. There will be a public comment period between Sept. 27 and Oct. 18 that will be followed by a public hearing on Oct. 18. The council is expected to vote on the proposed changes on Oct. 25.