The City Council is also considering employing a city inspector to monitor wells in the city limits. The current drilling ordinance already includes provisions allowing for the hiring of a city inspector, but the city has never hired one in the past.
Texland has conducted operations within the city limits for over 30 years without citizen complaint, including sensitive areas around Preston Smith International Airport and the Lubbock and Hillcrest Country Clubs. Each of Texland’s wells in Lubbock County are inspected several times a year by a State inspector based out of Lubbock. Texland also conducts required tests and makes required reporting to the Railroad Commission annually with respect to the mechanical integrity of the wellbore and other matters. Employment of a city inspector appears to be redundant and likely ineffective use of city resources.