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Trinity East Energy Letter to CPC

Trinity East Energy Letter to CPC

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Letter from Trinity East Energy to Dallas CPC
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~TRINITYEASTENERGY
February7,2013DallasPlanCommission1500MarillaStreetDallas,Texas75201RE:TrinityEastEnergy'sResponsetoLetterdatedJanuary30,2013fromTerryWelchTothemembersoftheDallasCityPlanCommission:WeareinreceiptofaletterdatedJanuary30,2013fromTerryWelchaddressedtotheCPCregardingtheSUPApplicationsofTrinityEastEnergy.WewouldliketorespondtotheassertionsandquestionsraisedbyMr.Welch.Onpage1oftheletter,Mr.WelcherroneouslystatesinSection1that:"Dallashasadoptedregulationsthatwouldpermitonecompressorfornaturalgaswellsonapadsitesinceasingle,on-sitecompressorforthepadsitewouldbe"equipment"and"structures"fornaturalgasproduction."However,nowhereinthissection,oranyothersection,doestheCodemention"one"compressor,or"asingle,onsitecompressor"asMr.Welch'sletterwouldleadyoutobelieve.Mr.WelchhasmerelyreadintotheCodesomeadditionalwordsthatwillgettohisdesiredresult,butthoseadditionalwords,andhisconclusion,arenotthelaw.Thetruthisthatmanyproductionsitescontainmorethanoneseparatororcompressor,dependingonthevolumeofgasproducedanddtherproductionrelatedissues.Ifyou takeMr.Welch'saddedlanguageliterally,onlyonepieceofanytypeofequipmentwouldbeallowedonanydrillsite,nomatterwhatthevolumeofgasproducedorthecapacityofthatonepieceofequipment.Thatwouldbeanabsurdresult.TherealityisthattheDrillingOrdinanceprovidesbroadflexibilityinequippingaproductionsitetoaccomplishthestatedrequirementofconductingoperations"inaccordancewiththepracticesofareasonableandprudentgasdrillingoperationintheStateofTexas"(Section5IA-12.107(a)(1)).Withthatstandardinmind,andrecognizingthebenefitsofremovingmuchoftheequipmentnormallyfoundonagasproductionsite,TrinityEasthasdesignedasystemandaplanwhichallowsfortherelocationofseparationequipment,wastewaterstoragetanks,compressors,andotherequipmentfromthetwoparklandsitesandtheplacementofthatequipmentonprivatelandinanindustrialzoningdistrict.Furthermore,andveryimportantly,itallowsfortheredirectionoftrucktrafficoffofparklandforwaterremovalandasmallfootprintonparkland.Thisplanwasdevelopedinconcertwith,andwiththesupportof,theParksDepartment.Frankly,webelievetheCPCwouldbehard
 
pressedtofindanyonewhowouldobjecttotheresultingbenefitstotheparklandfromthisdesign.Onpage2ofhisletter,Mr.WelchsurprisinglytakesthepositionthatifwemerelypresenttheargumentthatitisOKtoputthenormalproductionequipmentforthreesitesontoonesite(evenifitgreatlyenhancesandbenefitspublicland)thatitwilltakeusdowntheslipperyslopeto"50compressorsononesite"andthe"permanenthousingof30or50tanktrucks"thusauthorizinga"truckbarn".Mr.Welchfailstonotethattheexisting1MzoningalreadyallowsaCommercialMotorVehicleParkinguseonthesite.Thesewildpredictionsareentertaining,butwearebeforetheCPCtoaddressareallifeproposal,withreallifefacts,whicharebeforetheCPCforconsiderationonthemeritsofthissystemdesignONLY.Thesiteplanincludedasapartoftheordinancewilllimittheusetoonlywhatisshown.Hisspeculationscompletelyignoretherealitythat thedesignbeforetheCPCincorporates
onlytheequipmentwhichisrequiredforthegasproducedfromthesethreesites.
Toreinforcethatfact,theSUPincludesaconditiontothateffect.Theequipmentnecessaryforgasproductioncanbeplacedonthreeseparatesites,orononesite.Webelievethedesignwehavedevelopedincorporatescommonsense,andtheparksdepartmentandcitystaffagreewithus.ItisinterestingtonotethatinsupportofhisslipperyslopeargumentMr.WelchpointsoutinhisnoteatthebottomofPage2thatSection51A-12.107(g)(5),whichdealswithon-siteequipment,"providesnolimitationonthenumberofon-sitetanksthatmaybeusedatapadsite."Heshouldnotethatitalsoprovidesnolimitationonthenumberofcompressors,
a
salientfactwhichcompletelyrebutshisearlierstatementthattheregulationsonly"permitonecompressor."PAGE
3
Thelastparagraphonpagethreeof
Mr.
Welch'sletteralludestotheMatrixpreparedbytheTaskForceandsomehowconcludesthattheCity'sinterpretationofexistingregulationshaschangedbecausetheCity'sinterpretationofthoseregulationsappearstocontradictaonesentencecommentmadebytheTaskForce.
I
amnotsurewhatthecommentmeansorexactlywhatitisaddressing,but
I
hinkitisobviousthattheCityisnotboundbyashort,unsubstantiated,andvaguecommentmadeintheTaskForcematrix.OurapplicationsaremadeundertheordinancethatexiststodayandwhenweconsummatedourdealwiththeCityofDallas.PAGE4Onpage4Mr.Welchaddressesairqualityissues,andrecitessomeemissionstatisticsforthissite,whichfranklyarenotcorrect.Wecertainlyagreethatemissionsmitigationisseriousandnon-negotiable,andwewillcomplywithallapplicablelawsandregulationsregardingemissions.WewouldurgetheCPCtoconsidertheextensivelaws,rules,regulationsandpermittingprocesseswhicharealreadyinplace,andallowthe

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