The Fort Worth City Council, saying it feared a proposed ordinance change that would require gas companies to obtain a special exception to build a compressor station in agricultural zoning could run afoul of state law, remanded the case to the zoning commission tonight. Here's the print version from Wednesday's Star-Telegram.
Council members asked homeowners, who have fought off at least one industry attempt to locate a compressor station near their property east of Loop 820 and north of Interstate 30, to convene with industry representatives and find a solution.
Homeowners accused the council of caving to the gas industry and putting their homes at risk.
Homeowners said the continuance could give the industry time to rush a compressor through, by right. The council, in approving the remand 8-0, with Mayor Betsy Price absent, required the city to not accept any applications while the case is being considered.
The council remanded the case to the April zoning hearing, with the ordinance coming back to the council May 7.
Councilman Danny Scarth, the target of homeowners' wrath, said he felt the ordinance that finally results will better protect all stakeholders.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter
Photo: This 40-acre property on Randol Mill Road has neighbors concerned, because it can handle a gas compressor station.