Important City Council Meeting Tonight

City Council will be voting on P & Z's proposed gas well drilling ordinance amendments tonight. We need the chambers to be packed to show support for the first phase of amendments to the gas well drilling ordinance. There were quite a few representatives from the drilling industry at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last week who spoke against the revisions. After listening to several Denton residents, the P & Z Commission adjusted the original proposed amendments as follows:
  • The set back will remain at 1000 feet but can be lowered to 500 feet rather then 250 feet
  • The allowable decibel increases can only occur during the day
  • Fees charged to the drilling companies have been greatly increased to cover the cost of processing drilling permits and future inspections
Here is the DRC's story of last Wednesday's meeting.

It is anticipated that the gas industry will send out their representatives tomorrow. We need to make sure the council remembers that their first duty is to protect the health and safety of Denton residents and should thus should vote YES. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Meeting begins at 6:30 in the Council Chambers inside of City Hall. The address is 215 E. McKinney.
Hope to see you there!