Council looks to halt drilling



Andy Lewis, a Banning Lewis Ranch homeowner.
  • Andy Lewis, a Banning Lewis Ranch homeowner.
City Council will convene a special meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday to consider a six-month moratorium on oil and gas drilling.

The move would prevent Texas oil company Ultra Petroleum from drilling in the Banning Lewis Ranch area until Council could set down regulations.

Council plans to hire an outside expert attorney, using funds set aside for that purpose, to look into what laws and regulations would be appropriate.

“I think it's important that we put something in place before they start filing applications to start to drill,” Council President Scott Hente says.

Asked if the Council would have a public process as regulations were considered, he replied, "Absolutely!"

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