Petition seeks to delay large centralized natural gas facilities in Flower Mound

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by CHRIS HAWES / WFAA-TV

wfaa.com

Posted on March 31, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 1 at 12:30 AM

FLOWER MOUND — A moratorium against big natural gas facilities may be on the way in this Denton County town.

On Wednesday, members of the group Flower Mound Cares took more than 6,000 petition signatures to Town Hall, which is enough to force an election on the divisive issue.

The organization's jubilation comes after a defeat in January when the Flower Mound Town Council took up the issue of centralized natural gas production facilities.

Each proposed facility would serve multiple drilling pad site locations, and could include pipelines, large groups of water storage tanks, compression stations, and other equipment.

Residents appealed to the Council to wait, or vote "no," but members approved zoning for the facilities anyway.

That decision triggered a petition drive to force a six-month moratorium on the centralized facilities and pipelines.

"I've been calling it my full-time job, and I know a lot of people feel the same way," said Jenny Rogers. "Kids are missing their moms, husbands are missing their wives."

This week, volunteers delivered more than 6,000 signatures to the town, which is believed to be enough to force the moratorium issue.

"We have to just verify that the information they put there is correct," said Town Secretary Paula Paschal.

Mayor Jody Smith says she looks forward to finding common ground with residents. But, once the petition's verified,  if Flower Mound's Council doesn't adopt the petition's moratorium as written, the town must vote on it in a November special election.

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