Frequently Asked Questions

A term applied to the valves and fittings assembled at the top of a well to control the flow of the gas. These valves and fittings are all pressure tested to a minimum of 5,000 psi before and after installing.

A tank battery is a group of tanks that are connected to receive produced water from a well.  A tank is normally a single- or double-steel or fiberglass vessel that can hold 200-400 barrels. The tank battery also includes some production equipment, such as gas separators which allow the produced water to be separated from the gas.  The produced water is removed from the tanks by truck, and taken to disposal facilities outside of the City.

A sudden, escape of gas and water from a drilling well when high pressure gas is encountered and efforts to prevent or to control the escape has not been successful.

A device attached immediately above the casing to control the pressure and prevent the escape of fluids from the annular space between the drill pipe and casing or shut off the hole, if no drill pipe is in the hole, should a blowout occur. These devices are pressure tested between 3,500 – 5,000 psi when installed and every two weeks afterwards.

The Fire Department handles all gas well emergencies. If there is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

For non-emergency gas well concerns, contact the Gas Well Inspector.

The City does not handle royalties or mineral rights.  If you have any questions, you should call the operator of the gas well on or adjacent to your property.

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