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white cloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-23-11 04:04 PM
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Flower Mound, TX. approved what may be the most restrictive drilling
Edited on Sat Jul-23-11 04:04 PM by white cloud
South Lake (Exxon Mobil, Timberron development) and now Flower Mound.
Wait till some of these area citys start loosing city water wells because of level depletion and contamination from fracking.




By Aman Batheja

abatheja@star-telegram.com

Flower Mound approved what may be the most restrictive drilling ordinance in the Barnett Shale this week, as elected officials in the Denton County town remain wary of the impact of the natural gas boom on residents' health and quality of life.

The Town Council approved numerous changes to its ordinance Monday, including increasing the minimum distance between drilling operations and homes, schools, other habitable buildings or parks to 1,500 feet. Previously, the town's setback was 500 to 1,000 feet. Companies can request exceptions to drill as close as 1,125 feet to restricted structures.

The new ordinance also addresses two other issues that have loomed large in the area: the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing and the opportunity for residents' input on drilling applications.



Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/22/3240518/flower-...
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-23-11 04:23 PM
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1. Good for Flower Mound
Hopefully it's not too late.

Lets see how this tracing additive works for them.
Under the ordinance, drilling companies must add a unique nonradioactive tracing additive to their "fracking" fluid to make it easier for public officials to identify the source of spills or water supply contamination, Mayor Pro Tem Al Filidoro said. Another provision will require public hearings for all drilling requests.


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white cloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-23-11 05:23 PM
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2. I made an error in the OP
Last month:
South Lake passed a moratorium on any drilling or transmission pipe line construction in their city. (Not in my backyard)
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white cloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-23-11 09:48 PM
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3. Inhofe Is Wrong: Five Famous Times Fracking Contaminated Our Water
Edited on Sat Jul-23-11 09:49 PM by white cloud

Bradford County, PA fracking spill
Since the first use of hydraulic fracturing, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) claimed in a Tuesday op-ed in the Hill defending the natural gas industry, producers have completed more than 1.5 million fracturing jobs without one confirmed case of groundwater contamination from these fracked formations.

http://thinkprogress.org/green/2011/07/21/274064/inhofe...
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