Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact the Gas Well Inspector at 817-276-4254 or [email protected] for general inquiries and concerns related to provisions of the City's drilling regulations.  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 Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) at or 512-463-7288.

There have been 206 wells drilled within the City.

The Gas Well Inspector regularly inspects each drill site within our jurisdiction in accordance with Chapter 114 of the Mansfield Code of Ordinances. Drill sites are also inspected by the Fire Marshal’s office. 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.

Applications may be obtained from the Planning Department Counter or from our website.

Approximately 90 days to complete the zoning process.

The specific use permit (SUP) and the Gas Well Permit can be processed concurrently.  However, a gas well permit cannot be issued until the SUP is approved.

An application can be obtained from the Planning page on the City website. We recommend that the applicant schedule a meeting with staff prior to actually submitting the application and requested materials.

The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) department set the depths to protect our natural fresh water zones on interest in Texas. By law, the surface casing of a well must extend 20’ beyond the depth of a fresh water zone as determined by the RRC.  The surface casing is cemented back to the surface to protect these fresh water bearing zones.

Gas wells in production do not create much noise. A gas well may occasionally need the use of a lift compressor to maintain production, but City regulations require that any noise from the compressor above the legal limit must be mitigated.