Highland Park, University Park, Lake Grapevine water supplies may be affected by gas drilling if approved.
Highland Park and University Park may no longer be protected by natural gas drilling very soon.
Next week, the City of Flower Mound, Texas will consider an application for natural gas drilling by Keystone Energy on a site adjacent to Lake Grapevine. Keystone is asking for many variances in order to drill at this site. Lake Grapevine is the water supply holder for Highland Park, University Park, and Grapevine Texas. While Keystone has said in the past that they would utilize water from both City of Flower Mound and Lake Grapevine, the TCEQ reports that no application has been presented for such activity at this time.
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Keystone Exploration, aka as Expo Engineering, will be appearing before the Town of Flower Mound Oil and Gas Board of Appeals on Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m. Keystone will be requesting the following variances:
1) Variance to Upland Habitat
2) Variance to Riparian Habitat
3) Variance to Prairie Habitat
4) Variance to FEMA Floodplain (1′ away from the FEMA flood plain)
5) Variance to Waters of the State (ephemeral stream feeding into Lake Grapevine; drinking water source for Highland Park, University Park, Grapevine)
6) Property, lot, or tract lines variances from both the gas well and surface equipment (equipment ratio: for every one well, there’s two condensate or produced water tanks. For every two wells, there’s generally four condensate tanks with a compressor, etc.)
There is an opposition group that is growing daily in neighborhoods that will be affected by any proposed drilling and we feel that the best thing that people can do is appear before the Board and state their opposition to the drilling. There are concerns that the water supply for Highland Park, University Park and the town of Lake Grapevine may be compromised due to any produced water spills and other contaminates that may occur on the pad site that is adjacent to Lake Grapevine.
No residents in the cities of Highland Park and University Park have been notified by Keystone Exploration. Industry likes it that way. Those residents who care about their water supplies should attend next week’s meeting.
Now you know.
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