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FLOWER MOUND Several hundred people filled Flower Mound City Hall on Thursday night. Many were concerned about plans to allow the collection of drilling fluids and water at centralized facilities in the city.

Council members considered the issue during Thursday night's session.

The debate was intense and often emotional. One of the first speakers, a leukemia survivor, spoke to council members about her concerns over hazardous levels of benzene, a cancer-causing toxin that has been found near some natural gas facilities in the Barnett Shale.

Drillers, however, have said gas in Flower Mound contains very small amounts of chemicals.

Under the proposal, water and fluid from drilling sites would be collected at large centralized facilities in the city through pipelines, and stored in tanks until it is removed.

Critics worry about the pollutants it includes. Some citizens, however, argued collecting the waste products through pipelines would help eliminate truck traffic.

Debate on the issue continued past 1 a.m. Friday morning.

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