Monday, May 29, 2023

Changes to Texas gas drilling laws being considered


Texas Capitol Building, Austin, Texas

Over the last couple of weeks, Texas legislators have been considering bills which, if approved in the House and Senate, will mean changes to Texas’ gas drilling laws. HB 40 and its companion bill SB 1165 addresses state jurisdiction over drilling operations and limitations on the regulatory authority of local government.

On March 30th, The Texas Energy Resources Committee voted 10-1 to approve CSHB 40 after many hours of testimony the previous week. City of Southlake staff and the City’s Attorney were among many local experts who spent time in Austin testifying before the Committee as the bill was being considered.

Below is a link to the testimony that took place over eight-plus hours the week of March 23rd.
House Committee on Energy Resources (3-23-15)

Senate Committee on Natural Resources & ED (3-24-15)
(Begins at 12:36)

The Texas Energy Resources Committee vote of March 30, 2015

On October 18, 2011, the Southlake City Council approved local drilling ordinance 880-B.  A brief history of the City’s current oil and gas drilling ordinance and summary of the ordinance ‘s changes is available in the Executive Summary.  For more information about Oil and Gas Drilling and Production in Southlake please visit


Traffic Changes & No U-Turn Signs Coming to S. Kimball Ave. near CISD Schools Monday (4/14)

On Monday, April 14, 2014 changes are coming to the drop-off patterns for both Dawson Middle and Eubanks Intermediate Schools, located in the 400-500 blocks of S. Kimball Avenue.

Drivers in the area should be aware of the following changes to the schools’ drop-off patterns (see map below):

  • Dawson Middle School (red arrows) drop-off point and pattern will remain as it currently is.  Student drop-off traffic will enter school property via the driveway that is located north of the school. After drop off of the Dawson students, vehicles will exit school property via the same driveway onto Kimball Avenue.
  • Eubanks Intermediate 5th grade students (blue arrows) will be dropped off in front of the school utilizing the circular driveway located in front of the school.
  • Eubanks Intermediate 6th grade students (blue arrows) will be dropped off behind the school utilizing the driveway located on the south side of the Eubanks School. After drop off of the Eubanks 6th grade students, vehicles will exit school property via the same driveway onto Kimball Avenue.

Due to decreased visibility caused by heavy traffic to the schools’ driveways, the City has posted two new “No U-turn” signs that will be in effect 7-9 am only, Monday-Friday.

NEW EIS-DMS (AM) drop off zones

Click to enlarge.


DFW Connector Project: Major Traffic Changes Affect Southlake Drivers

The DFW Connector has alerted the City of Southlake about a major traffic pattern change will take place starting on Friday night.  From 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14 to 6 a.m. on Monday, June 17, DFW Connector crews will complete the following work:

Traffic Pattern Change:  The westbound SH 114 at Texan Trail will go into its permanent traffic pattern. Click here for a visual of the traffic pattern change.  The change will take place starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 14 to 6 a.m. on Monday, June 17.

Associated closures: Full highway closure on westbound SH 114/southbound SH 121 at Texan Trail (westbound SH 114 traffic will be detoured to the frontage road, southbound SH 121 traffic will be detoured to William D. Tate Avenue); full ramp closure southbound SH 121 on-ramp at Main Street (from 8 PM to 8 AM on Friday, 6/14, detour to William D. Tate Avenue).

Please be aware there will be a few changes after this traffic switch that drivers should be aware of, including:

  • The westbound SH 114 off-ramp to Main Street will move to the east into its permanent traffic pattern
  • The southbound SH 121 bridge to westbound SH 114 north of DFW Airport will open to full capacity
  • The southbound SH 121 exit at Main Street will move to the left

For Southlake residents and workers, the biggest change will for those traveling on westbound SH 114 – they will need to stay in the right lanes to continue into the City.  After Monday, the left lanes will no longer give drivers access to the City.

NorthGate is encouraging all drivers to pay attention to all roadway signage following the traffic pattern change.  All traffic pattern changes and lane closures are subject to change based on weather. For the most accurate information, please visit

For more information about the DFW Connector project, including all current and upcoming lane closures, visit, or call the toll-free hotline at 877-411-4212. The DFW Connector can also be found on Twitter (@DFWConnector) and Facebook (DFW Connector Project)