What role does the Town Council have in gas well permitting and regulation?
The Town’s government is subject to all laws imposed by the Town Charter, the United States and Texas Constitutions, the State of Texas, the United States government, and the courts, and how any of those may impact the legal parameters of gas drilling activities. The Town Council may adopt, repeal or amend existing ordinances related to any aspect of oil and gas drilling and production in Flower Mound. The Council also appoints members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, who by ordinance serve as the members of the Oil and Gas Board of Appeals, and members of the Oil and Gas Advisory Board, which will make recommendations to the Town Council about proposed amendments to the Town’s existing oil and gas regulations. The Town Council has no responsibilities in terms of approving or denying applications or appeals for drilling permits in the Town. Town staff is responsible for reviewing all applications for gas well permits, providing comments and feedback to permit applicants regarding technical issues and compliance with Town ordinances relative to oil and gas drilling and production, and administratively approving or denying permits based upon the Town’s Code of Ordinances.
What are the powers and responsibilities of the Oil and Gas Board of Appeals?
The Board of Appeals considers Oil and Gas permit appeals and either approves or denies variance requests. Oil and Gas Board of Appeals decisions are final and not appealable to the Town Council. If an applicant wishes to challenge a decision of the Oil and Gas Board of Appeals relative to an administrative determination of the Town’s Oil and Gas Inspector or the denial of a setback variance, then the only recourse is to file suit in court.
How can I get more information about the Town Council, Oil and Gas Board of Appeals?
For more information about this governing body, visit the Boards and Commissions page.
What emergency plans are in place in case of an accident?
An Emergency Response Plan is required as part of the gas well permit application. In the case of gas wells, it has been determined that one plan is not a viable alternative and that if a situation should arise, it should be handled based on the type of incident and the information available.
What criteria are used by the Flower Mound Fire Department to review gas well sites?
The criteria used by the Flower Mound Fire Department to approve submitted plans are embodied in the related National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Codes and Standards, Texas Railroad Commission rules relative to fire protection, Town Ordinances, and the International Fire Code.