Monday, November 24, 2008

Follow up on last week's O&G Board of Appeals meeting

Just a couple additional details related to the denial of the variance request for a compression facility near the Rockpointe Church....

--The vote was a 3 to 3 tie, with the Board's chairperson breaking the tie by voting against approving the variance.

--Concerns were raised about the proximity of the proposed site to the church, as well as to the unknown dangers of the chemicals used in drilling.

--Turnout was very light.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Variance Denied!

At Wednesday night's O&G Board of Appeals Meeting, the requested variance for a compression facility near the Rockpointe Church was denied.

More info to come......

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Variance requested for compression facility near church on Cross Timbers

In tomorrow night's O&G Board of Appeals meeting (6:30pm at Town Hall) a variance request will be voted on for a compressor facility to be located within 1,000 feet of The Rockpointe Church on Cross Timbers. Here is the link to the agenda:

According to the Town's case manager for the request, this location already has two wells--Bunn #1 and #2, which were drilled several years ago, but subsequently capped. The case manager stated that the wells were being "reopened" and that the developers were now wanting to place a compression facility nearby.

He also stated that Rockpointe has sent a letter to the Board stating their support for the project. (The proposed compression facility is 858 feet from the church.) He said that the nearest homes were on Quail Run Road, but that they were more than 1,000 feet away.

Here's my thoughts. These wells were approved approximately four years ago--well before most of us were even aware of "urban gas drilling" or the Barnett Shale. That's a fact. However, now that we know about the dangers of urban gas drilling, do we really want a compressor facility this close to the residential areas of the Town? Is it safe?

Regarding the safety aspect....did you read about Sunday morning's compression facility explosion in Johnson County? (It was two miles west of Cleburne.) Here's the link:

The headline is "Flames Seen for Miles after Natural Gas Compressor Fire."

Is that a possibility that we want for Flower Mound?

Please attend the O&G Board of Appeals Meeting tomorrow night at 6:30pm and let your voice be heard.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Flower Mound Home Owners Association Coalition (FMHOA Coalition)

Kudos to the folks that are working to revitalize the coalition of Flower Mound HOA's.

This is an effort that will positively impact all of us--whether our primary interest is urban gas drilling, land development, trees, or whatever. This is a group that will work to make a positive impact for what Flower Mound residents truly want.

Try to attend the first meeting this evening from 6 to 7pm at the Wellington Amenities Center.

Learn more about it at:

The new coalition's mission is to:

Create a network for Flower Mound homeowners residents’ boards to work together in addressing community challenges by establishing “Best Practices” and by leveraging our size to allow better negotiating power for goods and services as well as have more visibility with the town.

Again...tonight's meeting is at 6:00pm at the Wellington Amenities Center.