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Drilling at Hilliard site gets green light

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The Town of Flower Mound issued an administrative permit Thursday to Titan Operating, LLC to drill at least two gas wells on a 90-acre site known as the Hilliard property, located east of FM 2499 between FM 3040 and Spinks Road.

After the denial of four variance requests by Titan in May, longtime resident Ron Hilliard made changes to the property to satisfy the Oil and Gas Board of Appeals’ concerns, including the removal of trees, relocation of a shed and capping a water well.

A last minute effort to stop the project by Flower Mound residents Virginia Simonson and Prakash Parameswaran – who filed a request for a temporary restraining order and a temporary injunction against Titan – was denied by a Denton County judge on Aug. 18th.

Some of the residents who oppose the permit have cited the drilling operation’s proximity to Shadow Ridge Middle School and Bluebonnet Elementary School.

The Town of Flower Mound issued a press release late Thursday afternoon with more information and some history about the application.

Virginia Simonson issued the following statement Thursday night: “I was surprised and saddened to hear the Town of Flower Mound had administratively approved the Hilliard Gas Pad site today. In the past 48 hours residents have raised many questions related to the placement of the tank batteries. Residents deserved to have these questions answered, publicly and thoroughly, prior to the approval of the Hilliard permit. I don’t believe the town’s press release provided a clear and reasonable answer. At this time, it would appear that the Town’s actions have only added to the urgency my fellow plaintiff and I have in pursuing our lawsuit against the Town of Flower Mound.”

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