On December 11, 2013, the Dallas City Council adopted revisions to the gas drilling and production regulations of the Dallas Development Code. In a 9 to 6 vote, the Council approved regulations that require pad sites to be at least 1,500 feet from homes, schools, churches, daycare centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other protected property. Individual drilling permits may qualify for an exception to the 1,500 feet, but any exception must be approved by two-thirds of the Council. Also, drilling on park land would be allowed if certain conditions are met and if the state Parks and Wildlife Department gives the required approval.
The regulations contain provisions concerning neighborhood meeting requirements, baseline sampling and testing of air, soil , noise and water, limitations on hours of operation, spill prevention and tracking, site maintenance, emissions, and materials management. All Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for materials stored on site must be kept on site and submitted to the gas inspector. An inventory statement identifying the quantities, volumes and concentrations of all hazardous materials and chemicals stored or used at the operation site must be provided to the city.
For hydraulic fracturing, the operator must post a sign at the main gate and send written notification to each property owner and each registered neighborhood association within 1,500 feet of the well site at least 10 days before fracturing begins. The operator must add non-radioactive tracing or tagging additives into all fracturing fluids used at the site. For each site, the fracturing fluid non-radioactive tracing or tagging additives must be unique for each operation site.