FLOWER MOUND - Opponents to drilling are gearing up for new fight in Flower Mound.
The town's oil and gas board will hear arguments on both sides as to whether they should allow a company to expand their drilling closer to the community.
Flower Mound has 40 gas wells, which are all located in the western more rural part of town. However, the latest drilling request is for a 97-acre plot of land that sits closer to the heart of town.
"It's is close to schools, very close to our homes," said Jennifer Rogers, who is in opposition to the drilling. "[It's] in the middle of commercial area and the gateway to our town."
Members of the grassroots group Flower Mound Cares is gearing up the voice their opposition to the request. They expect hundreds to speak out.
The group has an online petition signed by more than 1,500 people fighting the spread of urban drilling.
"It affects so many more people, enjoyment of life, health and safety factors the truck-traffic going up and down 2499 that already has 49,000 cars going up and down every day," Rogers said.
Titan Operating is asking the city for exceptions to its existing ordinance that will allow it to build a pad site that would have numerous wells on the land. The company says the town has approved similar requests in the past and it looks to surpass their environmental and safety standards.
The request does not fall under the town's recent moratorium on permits for centralized waste water collection points. Though voters also elected three new members to city council, who ran strengthening regulations, the council has no say on what the oil and gas board decides.
"If these variances pass tonight and they start to drill next week, there's going to be a huge, huge negative outpouring of response," Rogers said.
There are also new developments in drilling concerns about the Barnett Shale. Denton County commissioners have agreed to form a task force to address the concerns of residents. People who live near the Barnett Shale worry about air and water quality.