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Gas lease auction for Lewisville Lake may not be legal

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The map shows the proposed gas lease parcel in purple, and the city limits for Highland Village, Corinth, and Hickory Creek in orange. Federal law does not allow the BLM to lease minerals in areas within city limits. (Map by Center for Biological Diversity, annotated with existing well locations (red circles) and lateral runs (red lines). (By The Lewisville Texan Journal)
The map shows the proposed gas lease parcel in purple, and the city limits for Highland Village, Corinth, and Hickory Creek in orange. Federal law does not allow the BLM to lease minerals in areas within city limits. (Map by Center for Biological Diversity, annotated with existing well locations (red circles) and lateral runs (red lines). (By The Lewisville Texan Journal)

On April 20, the Bureau of Land Management is scheduled to auction the gas drilling rights for a 259 acre parcel beneath the Hickory Creek arm of Lewisville Lake.

But leases in the area proposed may not even be legal because they fall within city limits. Federal law states that the BLM is not authorized to lease mineral rights on land that falls within a city’s limits.

Read more from The Lewisville Texan Journal here.

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