Gas Drilling Rig Pops Up Near Downtown Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) A familiar sight from the last decade in Fort Worth, has reappeared to start the new decade on the edge of the city’s downtown.

A natural gas drilling rig, stands against the skyline, above the intersection of I-35W and SH-121. It’s drilling down 9,000 feet beneath the Top Golf next door, and west under development that has built up around it as well pads have been quiet for years.

While the rigs used to operate commonly around the city a decade ago, Fort Worth only had one last year, and one in 2018. The operation on E. 1st St is one of at least two the city is aware of that Total E&P Barnett plans to drill here in 2020.

Industry experts though told CBS 11 News it doesn’t signify any kind of local industry comeback. “Probably not,” said Ed Ireland, the Director of Energy Education at TCU. “But when you think about it, all the infrastructure is here. It’s easy to drill wells. Relatively cost efficient to drill wells. The pipelines are in place. The pad sites are there. All the producing equipment is on the pad site already.”

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