As the development of the Barnett Shale natural gas field continues, communities throughout Tarrant County and North Texas continue to receive plans for new gas drilling sites and new gas pipelines. In North Richland Hills, natural gas wells have already been drilled at three locations and wells may be drilled at other locations in the future.
Gas gathering and distribution pipelines are necessary to carry natural gas from drilling sites to markets, and therefore gas companies are working to acquire easements and plan for their gas pipeline distribution systems. While these companies have legal rights to acquire property as a public utility, the city believes it is in everyone's best interest for gas pipeline companies to be courteous and fair in their dealings with property owners, and to limit conflicts with neighborhoods and prime commercial areas as much as possible.
On June 23, 2008 the North Richland Hills City Council approved a new gas pipeline resolution.
Pipelines on private property are regulated by state and federal laws and are not directly regulated by cities. However, the City of North Richland Hills does have the right to establish license agreements for pipelines that cross city-owned properties or public roadways and rights of way.
On June 14, 2008, the City Council approved an agreement with Texas Midstream Pipeline Company, allowing the company access to survey city property to determine potential gas pipeline alignments. In exchange for this access, the company agreed to certain minimum standards for all pipelines within the city.