Construction is beginning on the Whitehead natural gas pad site. There will be 24 wells at this location. One of the concerns was traffic safety. A couple of people addressed this with the school board and town council in March. The town council voted to approve the wells ( and the Jenkins site, 12 wells behind AIS) but said they would form a group to look at the problem. Here is what has been done...
Representatives from Hillwood Oil and Gas Operating Company, the Union Pacific Railroad, Argyle I.S.D., the Town of Argyle, and the Argyle Police Department met at Argyle Town Hall for the initial meeting of the Hillwood/Whitehead Gas Well Safety Committee. All representatives at the meeting discussed various traffic safety issues and agreed on enforcing a number of safety standards. The safety issues centered around the ingress and egress proposed by Hillwood during the town permitting process. Hillwood will use Old Justin Rd. and 377 and line up the entrance to the site at Front Street. The concern was with added school and train traffic this intersection could become very dangerous. The task force has addressed many issues and here are some of the results:
- UPRR(Union Pacific) will have a person on site
- Hillwood will have off duty police officers at 377 and Front St. when their trucks exceed 10 per day
- Hillwood will stage at another site to avoid overloading 377
- When material hauling begins- will have an off duty officers to assist with traffic and a flagger present
- Hillwood will have restricted times ( 2:30 - 4:30pm) in which they can move equipment in and out