Gas Wells

The Barnett Shale is a large natural gas reserve that stretches underground across a
15-county area in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. It contains an estimated 26 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and is located 1.5 miles below the surface. In recent years, advances in drilling technology have made it possible for energy companies to extract large amounts of natural gas from the Barnett Shale.


Gas well operators are required to adhere to a permitting process before gas well drilling occurs. Operators must obtain a permit from the Railroad Commission of Texas, charged with safety regulations of wells, and approval of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), before applying for a permit from local municipalities.

Gas Ordinance

Because of increased natural gas production in the Barnett Shale, cities have developed or amended municipal gas drilling ordinances to regulate issues related to quality of life for residents. In fact, almost all North Texas municipalities have adopted an ordinance regulating permitting processes, work hours, public notice, noise levels, landscaping, and truck traffic/routes.

In May 2009, Benbrook City Council adopted Ordinance (Number 1286) "Gas Drilling and Production".

In April 2011, Benbrook City Council adopted Ordinance (Number 1316), amending sections of the existing Gas Drilling Ordinance (Ordinance Number 1286) to further refine regulations of signage requirements, application review, public notice, technical regulations, and the appeals process.

The City of Benbrook does not provide advice about leasing private property for gas exploration and drilling.