Natural gas opponents rally in Flower Mound, Argyle

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by CHRIS HAWES / WFAA-TV

wfaa.com

Posted on January 30, 2010 at 12:18 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 31 at 4:41 AM

FLOWER MOUND — Last week, hundreds of people waited for hours at a Flower Mound City Council meeting to voice their opposition to a plan to construct a large, centralized, natural gas production center.

It was approved anyway.

Now, a movement is under way to overrule the Council by taking the issue directly to the city's voters.

The planned facility could put enough storage tanks and compressor stations in one place to collect liquid waste — including water and drilling fluids — from many drilling sites. The processing center would then relay the waste by pipeline or by truck to a disposal well.

The City Council approved a zoning change that paves the way for the facilities in a post-midnight vote.

Darlene Casey is one of many Flower Mound residents who is not ready to let the issue go. They formed a Facebook page to rally support; it already has more than 400 members.

"In a week's time, that's impressive," Casey said.

On Friday night, the group formally announced that it will launch an effort to put a repeal of the Council vote on the May ballot.

"I think the community really wants a second chance at saying 'no,'" Casey said.

 

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