King Announces “A Win for Parker County”

March 25, 2009

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Weatherford – Today, State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) announced that the residents of the Chisholm Heights subdivision in East Parker County, just off of White Settlement Road, will no longer be burdened by the large truck traffic that has been plaguing them for three years.

In 2006, EnCana Oil and Gas built a road directly behind the Chisholm Heights subdivision to access natural gas wells they drilled on the Beggs Ranch. To access this road their trucks drove through the middle of the subdivision. This truck traffic soon became a nuisance for the residents and they contacted their state and county officials for assistance.

For the past year and a half, Rep. King, Parker County Judge Mark Riley, and other county officials, have been negotiating with the residents, EnCana, and other parties in order to resolve the situation. Because of these negotiations, earlier this month EnCana built a road at a different access point and posted signs at the entrance to the subdivision reading: “No EnCana Traffic”.

“It’s good to see a resolution to this issue after the many negotiations we have been through”, King explained, “This issue epitomizes the problems that have resulted from the drilling in the Barnett Shale region. We are blessed to have this great natural resource, but there are several negative consequences that must be addressed.”

As a result of the Chisholm Heights struggle with truck traffic, Rep. King filed HB 3403 last week. HB 3403 would prohibit the trucks used for gas production in the Barnett Shale from traveling through platted subdivisions. The bill will have to be passed by both the House of Representatives and Senate and signed by the Governor before going into effect.