Friday, August 6, 2010

Flower Mound Call To Action!!!! UPDATED

Contact the Mayor, Town Council, and the Town Manager TODAY and let them know you do not want the Hilliard Permit Administratively approved!!!!

The Town can legally put a hold on any approval because of the pending litigation.

FLO-MO GAS MYTH #1 - Flower Mound has the strongest oil and gas ordinances in the State of Texas. (We've heard this over and over again.) We do have some of the largest setback requirements in the state, but do we really have the strongest ...ordinances? Let's look at Southlake.

They have all of our setback requirements and an added requirement that all operators must obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP) for each pad site. Why would Southlake require a SUP?

This allows better control on the size and placement of gas well pad sites, ensuring no pad sites show up in the center of Southlake and near densely populated areas.

FLO-MO GAS MYTH #2 - The Town's hands are tied and they cannot stop Hilliard. This is simply not true.

The town can enter into a "stand-still agreement" with those who filed suit, which would essentially put a legal hold on Titan's application to begin drilling on Hilliard Field. There is ample legal precedence for ...a stand-still agreement, and it makes sense for a couple of reasons.

First, 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 on Hilliard would come to a screeching halt. (Talk about some mad venture capitalists.)

Second, Titan and Mr. Hilliard are aware of the lawsuit, and they know that any administratively approved permit is at risk of later being invalidated.

FLO MO GAS MYTH #3 - We want to deny Ron Hilliard his mineral rights.

Did you know that Mr. Hilliard's gas can be extracted further south, in a less populated area of Flower Mound, away from homes and schools? Technology is being perfected that allows gas companies to drill from far away. Isn't is worth a legal hold at least explore this option?


Anonymous said...

Why have they all turned into such cowards?

Another Concerned Citizen said...

Town Council can ask to put a legal hold on the permit but cannot actually do it themselves. We have been told that the decision ultimately rests with the Town Manager. Make sure to include him in on the emails. We have added his e-mail address to the blog post.

Anonymous said...

I do not think that the newly elected Town leadership has turned cowardly.

I just think that they're struggling to do the right thing within the current ordinances.

Write them an email. Tell them how you feel. Today!!

Anonymous said...

...(ensuring no pad sites show up in the center of Southlake and near densely populated areas)... Oh how I wish this was the case. Both proposed drill sites sit within densely poplulated areas; but the permit has not been issued yet and residents are watching this issue closely. Hoping for the best for Flower Mound and its citizens.