OIL WELL UPDATE

» Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Activities

The proposal to put oil wells on the south shore of Lake Hefner was once again on the agenda at the Water Trust meeting today.  Although not present at the meeting the geologist and the drilling company are reportedly engaged in ongoing discussions with the utilities staff in an effort to find an acceptable location for the wells. 

I requested permission to speak before the Trust and after thanking them for allowing the Friends and our member citizenry the opportunity to express opinions and concerns about this project I was asked several questions by trust members that led me to believe that the Trust is still very interested in seeing these wells drilled and that the south shore location is not yet off of the table.

I have been in contact with personal friends that have many decades in the oil and gas well business and they have all said that the potential liability of drilling so close to the water supply reservoir is not even remotely offset by the potential returns from these wells.  Marsha Slaughter (Utilities Manager) was asked by Councilman and Trust member Pat Ryan if the well could be drilled at the south shore site with relative certainty that the reservoir would not be harmed and she answered in the affirmative.

The Friends of Lake Hefner has to be non-political and our place is to express the stated desires of our member constituency.  We are advocates for the lake as a recreational area and our credo is information and communication.  Under those guidelines we the elected officers and spokespeople of the Friends will continue to serve you but be advised that in these efforts we walk a fine line and ultimately you must work to protect your own.

For Your Information:  The Board Of Adjustment hears requests for zoning variances and meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the Municipal Building (City Hall) at 200 North Walker Avenue. The City Municipal Code grants the Board of Adjustment the authority to hear and rule on zoning requests pertaining to subsurface mining, and the production and transportation of oil and gas.  Their meeting agendas are available at http://www.okc.gov/AgendaPub/meet.aspx and should be posted at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Don’t forget the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 pm at Keel Hall.  Everyone is welcome and there will be opportunities for open comments and questions.  There may be snacks but please don’t bring your left-over Halloween candy because I have issues in the will power department.  The Board will be electing  the Executive Committee for the upcoming year and remember, you do not have to be present to win!!