THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, AT 6:00 PM
Town Hall, 2121 Crosstimbers, Flower Mound
OUR FAMILIES, OUR COMMUNITY, AND OUR PROPERTY VALUES
What’s Happening: Williams Drilling has requested a Centralized Collection Facility in Flower Mound. Town Council will vote on whether to add a zoning classification that will allow this to happen at a Special Council Meeting on Thursday, January 21. We need Town Hall to overflow with concerned residents.
A CCF is even more dangerous than the seismic testing on Town streets and rights of way that we were successful in opposing last November. A CCF will start transforming our community from a quiet, residential, family town into a foul-smelling, ugly, unsafe industrialized area. It is unsafe because the Oil & Gas industry is exempt from provisions in the major federal environmental statutes intended to protect human health and the environment including: The Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, Toxic Release Inventory under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and more.
The issue of a Centralized Collection Facility (CCF) has been on the back burner for some time, probably with the drilling company and its supporters hoping that we would get burned out from working against seismic testing, an issue of secondary importance to them, and we would just sit by and let them push this through without opposition. We can’t let that happen. We MUST speak up – in numbers – to protect our homes, our families, and our community.
What is a CCF? A Centralized Collection Facility, or CCF, is a collection of huge, ugly, above-ground tanks that store the enormous quantities of highly toxic wastewater that result from drilling gas wells. If we get a CCF, not only do we get the massive, offensive storage tanks, we will also suffer from the building of pipelines that will go from each drilling site to the CCF.
The current proposal is to create a central point for Williams’ well sites in west Flower Mound (up to 100 wells). But there is nothing to prevent Williams from accepting tie-ins from other sites including other gas companies, creating an even larger industrial area with more pollutants.
Eminent Domain Issue: Williams will have the right to acquire access or create private easements (through purchasing or condemnation) to accommodate these pipes. Three pipes would be involved: 1 for the “go-to-market” gas well production line, 1 for the wastewater line, and 1 for the gas lift line (injected to stimulate the well and separate the gas from the water). This easement would be 30 feet or more in width and only required to be 3 feet deep. Just keep in mind two things: The owners of the easement have the right to enter the property where they own the easement at any time. Once there is an easement you cannot build on the easement.
Even more pipelines are being planned to carry the toxic wastewater from the CCF to an injection disposal well that has been proposed for Argyle. This well goes right through the water table feeding to Grapevine Lake .
- We know of 2 adults and 5 children here in Flower Mound that have Leukemia, a rare blood cancer.
- One thing known to cause leukemia is benzene, which is used in the fracing fluids and has been found in the air near some gas wells here in Denton County .
- The Texas Department of State Health Services is looking into the possibility of a cancer cluster in the 75022 and 75028 zip codes.
- For more on this and other gas drilling issues in Flower Mound, go to: stopthedrilling.blogspot.com
Protect your family, your property values, and your community!
Come to the Town Council Meeting on Thursday, January 21st!
Wear green to show your support for maintaining our quality of life in Flower Mound.
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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"We know of 2 adults and 5 children here in Flower Mound that have Leukemia, a rare blood cancer."
Are there any numbers available of how many have died from leukemia in FM within the last few years?
I know of one woman who lived in the same neighborhood who died of AML but that was revealed to me in a private email so there may be others.
Williams Production is planning an injection well and 4 compressors within 80-150 feet of homes in Argyle's ETJ. How is this neighborly? They snuck in by not notifing adjacent landowners. Then the information that was gathered orginally has already changed. It was recently reported that twice the amount of compressors as orginally thought will be going in. So what is really proposed to happen?
If anyone who reads this lives in or adjacent to county land. BEWARE!!! the gas companies are looking to be in county to avoid the restrictions of a city. I am not sure the location of the proposed CCF in Flower Mound right now but look out surrounding unincorporated areas, this could be coming next door to you. When it does you will have no protection. It is time that citizen get educated on the nasty side of gas drilling. Sharon you are doing a great job of exposing it. What people need to realize is that when you agree to put a well on your property you also need to agree to the compressor and the a way of disposing the waste that does not compromise others.
TXsharon, thanks for your response to my 12:27 pm post. I know of one other, my son. 75028.
I am so sorry! Children are not supposed to die before their parents.
Did you contact the people in FM?
Anon 2:48. I am so sorry to hear about your son. I can't even imagine what you have gone through. Contact the Texas Department of Health Services. They need to know about your son's case. Sharon has the information on her blog.
All the information is HERE
This is such a disgusting rues. Mayor Smith and Levenick have stated they have a conflict of interest with Williams because they have both signed leases with Williams.
Yet they continue to sit there while Williams and their parade of employees lobby during Public Speaking. Williams takes out a full page ad concerning "their" Centralized Collection Facility. Williams hires ex council member Jeff Tasker to represent them. The only company requesting this is zoning change is WILLIAMS. This vote on Thursday is only about Williams!
These two leaders of our community may have found a questionable legal way to side step this, but what about ethics and morels???
Now there are persistent rumors about a sexual harassment suit against the them. I hear they even have a video. The town doesn't seem to be forthcoming about this either!
Ethics and Morels don't seem to be the top priority of these community leaders. Maybe that is why that ex council member Stone keeps discussing this issue during public comment. Go get them Mr. Stone!!!
What–more carp at FM, could be just another Big Booger! Bad things happen in Booger County–including the transfer of money and land and mineral/gas stealing!