In a 6-0 vote, the Southlake City Council voted to extend the current moratorium for another 120 days.
The first moratorium was enacted on January 18thof this year. Resolution No. 11-005 adopted a 180-day moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications for gas well drilling permits and their associated requests.
Initially set to expire on July 17, 2011, the moratorium is now scheduled to run until November 14, 2011.
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Planning and Development Director Ken Baker reviewed the progress the City has made since researching some proposed changes including, continued education through the XTO Energy application processes; emergency response training; and the exploration of advanced technologies used to improve protection of air and water quality. Staff has also reviewed the revisions made by neighboring cities and developed Ordinance 880-A draft revisions which is now in legal review.
Baker also reviewed some of the proposed revisions which take in account the Specific Use Permit (SUP) provisions that were enacted with the vote on the GAS10-004 also known as JGJ Lease.
Interested parties will have several opportunities for public input. Initially, Council work sessions will be held, and then city-wide SPIN meetings conducted for public input. Following the SPIN meetings the proposed ordinance will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a first round of official public hearings and then finally to Council for a final consideration and public hearings.
For more information on Oil and Gas drilling in the City of Southlake, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/gasdrillinginSouthlake.