The City of Denton is located atop the eastern edge of the Barnett Shale. As a result, numerous gas wells have been drilled within our city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. The Gas Well Inspections Division provides a comprehensive plan designed to protect the health, safety, environment, and general welfare of the public, with well inspections.
Our goal is to assure that the orderly and practical development of mineral resources is compatible with the quiet enjoyment of affected surface estates.
For information on gas wells or gas well inspections, contact Rod Weatherby, at (940) 349-8372 or GasWells@cityofdenton.com.
Gas Well Hotline
If you have a question, concern, or complaint about a natural gas well, call (940) 349-8GAS (8427) to reach a live operator. During business hours, or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the call will be directed to the Gas Wells Division. After-hours calls will be directed to the non-emergency police desk.
For more information on the legislative process or bill filings, contact Brian Daskam, Public Information Officer at (940) 349-7567 or Brian.Daskam@cityofdenton.com.
All permits must be submitted in person or by mail to 215 W. Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201.
Development within City limits (COD)
A Gas Well Development Site Plan is the initial approval authorizing wells to be drilled at one Drilling and Production Site within the City of Denton’s Corporate Limits, that sets the boundaries used for setback measurement and contains all information required in the Denton Development Code 35.22
To begin the Gas Well Development Site Plan process, login to eTrakit, under Projects click Apply. After completion you will receive an email from ProjectDox inviting you to upload your documents. Fill out the forms below and upload to ProjectDox along with your drawings and other supporting documents as described in the Gas Well Development Site Plan checklist.
Once the Gas Well Development Site Plan is approved, then you’re ready to apply for a Gas Well Permit. A Gas Well Permit is a written license that is granted by the City of Denton pursuant to Subchapter 188.8.131.52, authorizing Drilling and Production Activities. Login to eTrakit, under Permits click Apply. After completion you will receive an email from ProjectDox inviting you to upload your documents. Fill out the forms below and upload to ProjectDox along with your supporting documents.
Multiple processes may be required, depending on the location and existing conditions that pertain to a subject drilling and production site. New site typically require either a Gas Well Development Site Plan for wells located in the City of Denton or a Gas Well Development Plat for wells located in ETJ. In addition, wells located within the city limits require a gas well permit and applicable Fire Department permits. Additional steps that may be required include a Specific Use Permit (SUP), Watershed Protection Permit (WPP), Fence Permit, Tree Mitigation, or Clearing and Grading Permit.
Development within the City of Denton Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)
An approved Gas Well Development Plat and applicable County permits are needed for gas well development within the City of Denton ETJ.
A Gas Well Development Plat is the initial approval authorizing wells to be drilled at one Drilling and Production Site within the City of Denton’s ETJ, that sets the boundaries used for setback measurement and contains all information required in the Denton Development Code 35.22
To begin the Gas Well Development Plat process, login to eTrakit, under Projects click Apply. After completion you will receive an email from ProjectDox inviting you to upload your documents. Fill out the forms below and upload to ProjectDox along with your drawings and other supporting documents as described in the Gas Well Development Plat checklist.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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How can I register a complaint or contact an inspector?
Please contact the Gas Well Inspections Division
for general inquiries and concerns related to provisions of the City's Ordinance. For other concerns, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has jurisdiction over well permitting and inspections, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has jurisdiction over environmental concerns. Please contact the RRC at www.rrc.state.tx.us
TCEQ created a Barnett Shale webpage (http://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/barnettshale/bshale-main
)and accepts environmental complaints by calling 1-888-777-3186
or online at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/compliance/complaints/index.html
How many wells are located in Denton?
The Gas Well Inspections (GWI) Division currently maintains active records for 294 wells within Denton’s corporate city limits (COD), and active records for 207 wells within the Division I area of its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). In addition to active records, the GWI Division also counts a number of records identified as inactive. The GWI Division performed field investigations and research of Railroad Commission (RRC) records to identify historic wells with expired or cancelled RRC permits, dry holes, and plugged wells. The GWI Division identified 80 inactive records for wells formerly located within the COD and 33 inactive records for ETJ wells.
Who inspects the wells?
The Gas Well Inspection Division inspects each Drilling and Productions Site and every well within Denton's jurisdiction. The City issues permits for wells within the COD. In addition, the COD wells are inspected in accordance with the applicable provision of the Denton Development Code. Wells located in the Division I ETJ area require a Gas Well Development Plat and are inspected for plat compliance. The Gas Well Inspections Division performs a series of six planned inspections during the drilling stage: 1) pre-drill, 2) drilling, 3) fracturing, 4) completion, 5) first sales, and 6) final inspection. This Division also performs site inspections in response to phone calls, emails, and various customer contacts. Each well is also inspected twice annually under the annual inspection program. In addition to municipal oversight, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has jurisdiction over well permitting, inspections, and production in accordance with applicable state rules and regulations.