During the Caddo Commission's last work session, Commissioner Michael Williams had a few heated words for Chesapeake Energy. Williams says the people of his urban district, District 3, believed they would directly benefit from the natural gas boom when Chesapeake surveyed lands there.
"Still to this day, people are asking me. Why haven't they drilled? Why haven't we got our bonuses? Why haven't they drilled in the inner-city areas," Williams said.
So far, there still aren't plans to drill in the area, which has Williams upset.
"I feel like the industry misled or misguided the community in thinking that they were going to get a bonus," he said. "They were going to get their lease signed."
Chesapeake says where the company decides to drill is largely based on geography.
"This includes the quantity and the quality of the hydrocarbons that we can produce in that area," Chesapeake said.
More factors include how close a drilling sight is to the natural gas pipelines, cost or simply access. Williams say's he believes Chesapeake has avoided doing business with the public.
"As a private owner, with my property next to the city or the parish, why are you going to gerrymander or carve out to do business with the city or parish. Do business with the public."