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About 50 residents concerned about a gas drilling site proposed by Williams Production in Double Oak gathered for an informational meeting at Double Oak Town Hall Tuesday night.

The group invited Calvin Tillman, Mayor of DISH, TX, and organizers of Flower Mound Cares to speak to the attendees about the dangers of urban gas drilling.

On June 24, Williams filed applications for five drilling permits, with future plans to possibly drill up to 22 wells over time on the Meece/Troutt pad site located southwest of the FM 407/Simmons Road intersection, just south of Lantana.  Support facilities, such as water tanks and natural gas compression would also be located on the site.

To accommodate the proposed project, Williams has applied to enlarge the current pad site, which was previously operated by Red Oak Gas Operating Company, LP.

All applications go through several processes, according to Double Oak Mayor Mike Donnelly. Both the zoning and drilling will require public hearings before both the Planning and Zoning Commission and then the Town Council.

Double Oak’s Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing this Tuesday, July 27, at 7:00 p.m. to consider rezoning a portion of the pad site to allow for a compressor facility.

In addition, a public meeting organized by Williams to discuss the project is scheduled for this Monday, July 26, at 7:00 p.m. at BridgeWay Church, 8201 FM 407 in Copper Canyon.

Read more about the project here and here.

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