We know the Town can enter into a "stand-still agreement" with the plaintiffs (Ms. Simonson and Mr. Parameswaran), which could essentially put a legal hold on Titan’s application to begin drilling on Hilliard Field. There is ample legal precedent for a stand-still agreement, and it makes sense for them to do so. If the plaintiffs prevail in court, yet the Town has allowed Titan to drill before the case is heard by a judge, there is a probability that the permit would be declared invalid. In this case, all construction and drilling would have to be reversed, removed, or shut-down. And, although, Titan and Mr. Hilliard are undoubtedly aware of this lawsuit, they could conceivably blame (and sue) the Town for administratively approving a permit next week that is at risk of later being invalidated.
The town is worried about a lawsuit from Titan. But Titan has already filed suit against the Town due to the denials given to variances they requested from the Oil & Gas Board of Appeals. Titan alleges that those denials (backed strongly by a majority of residents) were arbitrary and capricious.
To make matters worse, we have heard that tonight at the Town Council meeting, our Town Council is planning to remove Jenny Rogers and Prakash Parameswaran from the Advisory Board for "perceived conflicts of interest". Even though Debra Medina and the other industry people will remain on board. These industry people have a direct financial stake in companies who stand to gain a lot of money if they help control the Advisory Board while reviewing the ordinances.
What can you do?
Share these fliers with your friends and neighbors. Click here and here to download.
Show up to the Town Council Meeting tonight at Town Hall, 6:00 pm. Since neither of the issues are on the agenda, your comments will be heard at beginning of the meeting during Public Participation.
Demand the Town Council to direct the Town staff to put a legal hold on approving the Titan application.
Demand that Jenny Rogers and Prakash Parameswaran be allowed to stay on the Oil & Gas Advisory Board.
Demand that our elected officials honor their campaign promises to stand up and fight for the residents of Flower Mound and not the gas drilling companies.
If you can't make it, please contact the Town Council via e-mail.
Mayor Melissa D. Northern firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Dixon email@example.com
Al Filidoro firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Wallace email@example.com
Steve Lyda firstname.lastname@example.org
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