Red Oak Gas sued the city after the Oil and Gas Board of Appeals denied variances the driller sought for a well site , the Town of Flower Mound reported. Red Oak Gas asked for 15 variances from the city's 1,000-foot minimum setback provision. A copy of the Flower Mound Leader's story is here. And read an earlier account of an Oil and Gas Board of Appeals meeting here.
Flower Mound said it has until July 21 to file a response to Red Oaks' June 27 filing in state district court. Town Council will meet July 17 in executive session to consider responses, the city said in a news release. "The Town Council has consistently been supportive of Flower Mound's current oil and gas well drilling ordinance, which attempts to balance the rights of mineral owners and the health, safety and welfare of the community," Mayor Jody A. Smith said in the release.
-- Jim Fuquay