On Wednesday, May 19th, the Town's O&G Board of Appeals will consider a request from Titan Operating Company to approve a reduction in required setbacks for a natural gas well they wish to drill at Hilliard Field.
The Hilliard property is located on the main thoroughfare into Flower Mound, Long Prairie Road (FM 2499). It is just south of Flower Mound Road (FM 3040) and north of Spinks Road.
Titan Operating Company is requesting four variances (reductions in the setbacks) to the Town’s O&G ordinance. If the O&G Appeals Board approves the variances, gas drilling could begin immediately on the Hilliard site.
We believe these variance requests are inappropriate considering that this location is in the center of the Town and it is surrounded by highly residential areas. The variances would allow the drilling to take place within 100 feet of an upland habitat, less than 200 feet from waters of the state and less than 300 feet from a water well. Furthermore, Shadow Ridge Middle School is located approximately 1/3 mile from the proposed well site and Bluebonnet Elementary is less than 1/2 mile from the site.
We believe that the approval of these variances is not in the best interest of the majority of Flower Mound residents.