XTO Energy Drops Southlake Drilling Plans

SOUTHLAKE (AP) – A company owned by Exxon Mobil has dropped plans to drill in a North Texas city where critics raised environmental concerns about the fracking process.

XTO Energy will not drill for gas in Southlake at Milner Ranch, where it had a permit.

Company spokesman Jeff Neu said Tuesday that the project doesn’t make financial sense amid recent decisions by Southlake and Keller rejecting two other well sites. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports XTO wanted to connect all three sites to one pipeline.

A judge had issued a temporary restraining order to bar drilling at Milner Ranch. A hearing on a request for a permanent injunction had been set for Wednesday.

Members of Southlake Taxpayers Against Neighborhood Drilling criticized the hydraulic fracturing process used during drilling to break underground rock formations.

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One Comment

  1. Busto says:

    I think the XTO CEO lives out there, maybe he can put it on his ranch next to his water pond. Noth’n like the fresh hint of methane taste in your homemade ice tea.

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