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Oil and Gas Board to consider setback requests

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Flower Mound’s Oil and Gas Appeals Board will meet Wednesday evening to consider a request from Titan Operating Company for reductions in setbacks for a natural gas well proposed at Hilliard Field.

The Hilliard property is located east of FM 2499, just south of FM 3040 and north of Spinks Road. Click here to see a map.

Titan is requesting several setback variances to the town’s O&G ordinance:

– Drilling to take place within 100 feet of an upland habitat
– Less than 200 feet from waters of the state
– Less than 300 feet from a freshwater well

“We believe these variance requests are inappropriate considering that this location is in the center of the town and it is surrounded by highly residential areas,” said Tammi Vajda with Flower Mound Citizens Against Urban Drilling.

“Furthermore, Shadow Ridge Middle School is located approximately 1/3 mile from the proposed well site and Bluebonnet Elementary is less than 1/2 mile from the site.”

If the O&G Board approves the variances, drilling could begin immediately on the Hilliard site.

More details about the meeting here: http://www.flower-mound.com/agenda/oil/oil_05-19-10.pdf

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