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Bartonville to annex land around gas compression site

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The Bartonville Town Council took steps Tuesday to undo what they did a month ago.

Council members voted to repeal an ordinance releasing 167 acres of land located in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction and began the annexation process to take the land inside town limits.

Mayor Ron Robertson presented an affidavit certifying that a majority of residents living in the ETJ agree to be voluntarily annexed into Bartonville.

Bartonville council members had released the land on Aug. 22 after rumors began circulating about a proposed natural gas centralized compression station to be located between Flower Mound’s Tour 18 residential development and Porter Road, just south of Bartonville’s southern town limits.

Williams Energy officials later confirmed that a compression site was in the works on a two-ace site near Porter and Red Rock.

Town officials said last month that Flower Mound has the authority to regulate public safety within their ETJ and would be better suited to deal with the undesired project. But Flower Mound officials said that it was too late for them to stop the project and that the ordinance Bartonville approved releasing its ETJ had some discrepancies and was invalid, so the land was still part of Bartonville’s ETJ.

A public hearing on the proposed annexation will be held at a later date.

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