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Lake Lewisville gas drilling auction cancelled

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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)

The Bureau of Land Management’s New Mexico State Office has officially taken the auction of gas drilling rights for a 259 acre parcel beneath the Hickory Creek arm of Lewisville Lake off the table.

The parcel of Corps of Engineer’s land at Lake Lewisville has been deferred as portions of the parcel have recently been identified as being located with city limits, BLM officials said Friday.

Lake Lewisville is the source of drinking water for a majority of southern Denton County residents and many area towns and cities, along with several environmental groups, had mobilized to try to stop the sale.

The BLM had originally identified 43 parcels in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas to be offered at the April 20, 2016 lease sale. The BLM New Mexico State Director has deferred 24 parcels from the originally planned sale.

A copy of the amended April competitive oil and gas lease sale notice is available here.

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  • Kim Triolo Feil

    Funny how the state permit to drill has a section that asks how many miles to nearest city limit and for the urban drilling permits I looked at said “zero”…that right there tells us that the rules for drilling were never intended for urban areas. The ONLY change the state made when we allowed urban drilling was to increase regulations on protecting casings…sadly the rest of the rural drilling methods apply to urban areas and must be provided for in local gas well drilling ordinances (the frackers seemed to have written for us). In Arlington’s ordinance, it looks like swiss cheese loopholes in public protections.

  • Scott in Highland Village

    So we have the Democrats to thank for stopping this? Wise up both parties are completely CORRUPT.

  • Herman Goodfellow

    Good news, but never trust the BLM and the fracking industry. Like treacherous scorpions, they’ll be back over and over again. And don’t celebrate too much because all this new fracking in other lakes throughout Texas is bound to lead to contamination of water supplies and destruction of dams.

    The only thing we can say for sure is that it’s going to take several cataclysmic events to wake up enough people to stop voting Republican. We might as well let the Republican strongholds who wouldn’t fight against the BLM be the ones to lose their water supplies and watch their towns wash away.

    • R3Stripes

      Those damn evil oil companies. BTW if it werent for fracking gasoline would be over $5 a gallon.

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