Residents of the Magnolia Creek subdivision in League City are protesting plans by developer Lynn Watkins to drill for oil and natural gas on a 3-acre site next to a daycare center near the corner of League City Parkway and Bay Area Blvd. To gain the drilling permits, Watkins would need to rezone the land to light industrial. Abc13’s Kevin Quinn reports:
Those who purchased homes say they were told the land is zoned as commercial. They expected a strip mall of some sort to be built here — not a drilling rig that stands 131 feet tall. Dozens of homeowners have signed a petition asking the city not to grant the special use permit the developer seeks. . . .
[Watkins] insists there would be minimal impact to the surrounding neighborhood and schools.
Additional traffic, he insists, would be less than that coming and going from a home being built in the neighborhood. He says also of the 400,000 operational wells across the state, there have been only 900 blowouts in the past 30 years. Those, he says, resulted in 131 injuries and nine deaths.
“In that same period, there’s been 90,000 traffic deaths on Texas highways in that same period,” Watkins said.
Meanwhile, 6 miles to the east, a separate group of neighbors is fighting a Houston drilling company’s plans to put in a drilling rig and a pipeline on a 2.8 acre site just northeast of the intersection of Texas Ave. and Austin St. The pipeline would make its way west to Dickinson Ave. League City’s planning and zoning commission voted down Forza Operating LLC’s request to rezone the site from single-family residential on September 13, but an altered version of the proposal will come up again on October 18th. Rezoning for both the Magnolia Creek and the Texas Ave. drilling sites require a vote from League City’s city council.
- Residents fight plan to build drilling rig in neighborhood [abc13]
- Homeowners fight possibility of oil and gas drilling near League City neighborhood [11 News]
- Neighbors: No to drill, baby, drill [Galveston Daily News]
Photo of Forza Operating proposed drilling site: City of League City