Sherman Residents Share Concerns Over Proposed Oil & Gas Well - - Texoma news, weather and sports

Sherman Residents Share Concerns Over Proposed Oil & Gas Well

Posted: Updated:

SHERMAN, TX - An oil and gas company is looking to drill at a new site inside the Sherman city limits. The issue is on the agenda at Monday night's city council meeting. Already, it's creating some concerns for residents who live near the proposed site.

Penny Curtis is just one resident who is concerned about the proposal. She lives along Shepherd Drive, where the proposed oil and gas well may go, if approved by the city council.

The issue has already gone before the Planning and Zoning Board.

Curtis and fellow neighbors are worried about the short-term and long-term effects the operation could have on their neighborhood and the city - citing an increase in light and noise pollution, increased travel along their narrow road and the potential for harmful pollutants to seep into the ground and their drinking water.

EOG Resources Inc. is the company looking to drill in the area. Curtis says she has been unable to collect much information on the proposed well - only that it would be a 24-hour operation.

"It's just a lot of unknowns," said Penny Curtis. "I just believe the city really needs to educate themselves on [the issue] and as a resident, we would even be willing to help them become more educated on the issue. It's definitely something that needs to be looked into way before an approval could be accepted. It's just not something that should be taken lightly."

A group of residents living along Shepherd Drive plan to go before the city council Monday and ask them to table the item, until more research can be done. That meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the Sherman City Hall.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News