Flower Mound’s first Oil and Gas Well Drilling ordinance was adopted in May 2003. The ordinance included provisions addressing safety, noise levels, setbacks, and environmental impacts. A gas well ordinance must take into account the rights of all property owners, including mineral owners and land owners, relative to establishing surface setbacks and providing balanced regulations for responsible gas well drilling. During 2010 and 2011, the Town conducted a review of the ordinance and approved amendments to the ordinance in July 2011. Considered one of the most stringent in North Texas, the ordinance was used by several cities as a template in the creation of other municipal Oil and Gas Well Drilling ordinances.