Last Thursday’s Corinth City Council meeting is covered in the Denton Record Chronicle.
Residents: No to XTO
People push Corinth to deny request for 11 drilling variances
Saturday, April 17, 2010
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe
A couple of things from this article jump out at me.
Earlier in the week, XTO agreed to waive its right to have the application considered within 45 days of submittal, City Attorney Debra Drayovitch said.
Why do you suppose XTO would do such a thing? Is it because they are “good neighbors?”
It was unclear whether the application, in its current state, would have had the council’s support Thursday, had the company held to the deadline.
Council member Joe Harrison, who is up for re-election in May, said late in the meeting, before the motions to continue the matter, that he was ready to offer his opinion.
Oh! There’s an election coming up! That could explain XTO’s generosity in granting more time. This takes pressure off the council members who are facing reelection.
Another piece of information not disclosed previously is that XTO could drill as many as 20 wells on that location.
And what a surprise this is:
The city also has retained an independent environmental engineer to help it evaluate the application, Mayor Paul Ruggiere said, but the consultant did not speak Thursday night.
I can’t wait to find out who this independent environmental engineer is.