Troy Young, salesman in Fort Worth Texas, discusses the economic boost brought by the oil and gas industry.
Mark Cunningham, director of planning and development for Denton, Texas, explaining regulations placed on the oil and gas industry for local drilling operations.
David Capps, operations manager at FTS, stands in front of a pump manufactured by the Fort Worth based company.
Steve Hebbler, owner of Trinity Safety Supply, discussing the increased demand that he has seen over the years as a result of the oil and gas industry.
Arlington City Councilwoman Lana Wolff said her city was not prepared to handle emergencies at natural gas well pads. A well explosion that could not get capped for more than an hour was the change agent. The city now taxes each of the city’s 300 gas wells $2,400 annually to fund special emergency teams and equipment.
A drilling well pad sits in the foreground, just across the street from a regular neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas.
Gary Hogan stands in his Fort Worth neighborhood where fracking was introduced with no warning — just clanking steel and screeching brakes on the property behind his home. Work continued that first day until 3 a.m. Hogan and his councilman vowed it would not happen again to others, and the nation’s first city ordinance on fracking were born. The Fort Worth laws have been a template for other cities.