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Bartonville Gives up Territory to Flower Mound

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/8/23 21:20:00 (1482 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe Cross Timbers Gazette has the full story about how the Town of Bartonville released 187 acres of its Extra-territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) Sunday night. The move means that the territory automatically falls under the jurisdiction of Flower Mound, the nearest incorporated town. There are several vested projects in the works for natural gas facilities.

We're still trying to figure out what this will mean, but the initial impression is that Flower Mound, as a Home Rule City under Texas law will have more authority than Bartonville would have. Flower Mound will look at whether to annex the land.

Here's a map you can zoom out on to get an idea of where the subject area is:


View Lewisville Gas Wells in a larger map

We received the following message from Flower Mound Mayor Pro-Tem Al Filidoro this afternoon:

Bartonville allowed their land to vest with Williams facilities. Now that it has vested, they shove the dirt under our rug. So much for good news. The good news would have been that they gave us the land before Williams vested. Williams filed an application with Denton County on August 12th.
Interesting that there is actually over 860 acres in this ETJ. Why are they just giving us the spoiled land especially because they have admitted that they cannot take care of any of it.
Will they give us the rest of that ETJ after it also has vested with Williams or another gas driller? Won't it also be too late for us to protect the rest of that land as well?


Bartonville's press release today seemed to blame the Town of Flower Mound's moratorium for the development in the ETJ:

"Closing our borders has been a topic of conversation at the Town Hall as far back as early June of this year," said Town Administrator Debbie Millican. She went on to say, "Future incompatible building and development in our extraterritorial jurisdiction has been and remains a source of concern for our town council and citizens."

The Town of Flower Mound’s recent moratorium on all new applications for centralized gas compression stations has encouraged gas production companies to seek locations outside of Flower Mound’s jurisdiction and forced activity in Bartonville’s ETJ. Rumors and speculation have been ramped regarding a proposed centralized compressions station to be located in Bartonville’s ETJ between Flower Mound’s Tour 18 Golf/Residential Development and Porter Road, just south of Bartonville’s most southern Town Limits. When discovered that the land speculation and gas production activity was imminent, Mayor Robertson decided that action had to be taken quickly. He instructed staff to expedite the evaluation and prospect of consolidating territory into Bartonville or relinquishing ETJ in this area,


If we find out any more, we'll update this post.

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Posted: 2010/8/23 22:41  Updated: 2010/8/23 23:15
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This is SOP for the gas companies. Divide all of the parties involved (which now includes feuding cities) to distract everyone. First is was our neighborhoods, now it's the leaders of communities.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2010/9/1 12:31  Updated: 2010/9/1 13:00
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I think you have the wrong people associated with that SOP. The gas companies (and the royalty owners) just want to develop thier land and really do not care or want to be involved in the polotics. I think the SOP actually belongs to the sky-is-falling activists trying to stop the companies using whatever means possible...whether their arguments are based on fact or fiction.
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Posted: 2010/9/1 17:46  Updated: 2010/9/1 19:03
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I don't understand the anger and name calling in your post. You may not have personally experienced the divisive tactics used but others have and they aren't all "sky-is-falling" activists. I agree that the royalty owners may not be interested in the politics and no one is preventing them from signing over their mineral rights but the gas companies do use high pressure as well as divisive tactics in the neighborhoods. How about the multiple "last notice" notices that we received over and over again for a year that threatened that we would lose out on royalties if we didn't sign NOW? Also, along Regency and Kenny in Lewisville, no one was signing and the gas company needed us to sign to access the Ingram property drill sites on the other side of Timber Creek. They picked off one neighbor at a time and offered the neighbors that signed a "finder's fee" of sorts if they got other neighbors to sign. They also told the neighbors that had signed that if all didn't sign along the creek then no one would get royalties. If that isn't pitting neighbor against neighbor, I don't know what is.

I, by the way, applaud the activists like Steve and the mayor of Dish, TX for bringing to light issues that have occurred elsewhere. I don't think either represents themselves as "sky-is-falling" activists. The gas companies are going to do what is best for their bottom line and the city has proven by not voting for the permit moratorium that they aren't going to police the gas companies. It would be great to think that the gas companies operate altruistically but that just isn't real. We have a perfect example of "bottom line" decisions being made by BP in the Gulf if you need another example.
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Posted: 2010/8/24 8:16  Updated: 2010/8/24 8:55
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Good point Anonymous 21:15. It is my understanding communities around Flower Mound had been advised to take action so this could not happen in reference to ETJ. I wonder why Bartonville did not and I wonder if they recieved any funds from Williams before they gave it up to Flower Mound.
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Posted: 2010/8/24 10:31  Updated: 2010/8/24 10:51
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IF that did happen, it will be buried so deep, you will never find it. It was a nice punt, it won't have much effect. Their attorney should have advised them it would not help at all, since all of the rights are already vested.
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Posted: 2010/9/2 9:14  Updated: 2010/9/2 10:31
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Maybe Flower Mound should have signed the settlement with Williams and included limiting any more compressor stations (Williams already offered the "No CCF" option), then the ETJ tactic would have worked.
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Posted: 2010/9/3 10:21  Updated: 2010/9/3 10:49
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For those who wonder why people like Steve and the mayor of Dish, TX are so vocal and diligent about making sure the city and the gas companies keep the citizens best interests in mind, read this story from CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/02/fracking/index.html?npt=NP1.

Bad things can happen in drilling and it takes vigilant watchdogs, not lapdogs, to make sure something like this doesn't happen in our area.
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Posted: 2010/9/14 18:36  Updated: 2010/9/14 18:36
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 Flower Mound Officials Respond to Temporary Restraining Order and Annexation Lawsuit
Open in new windowFrom the Town of Flower Mound today:
The Town of Flower Mound received notification on Monday, September 13 that two residents of Denton County, Mary and David Rettig, have filed a lawsuit and requested a temporary restraining order against both the Town of Flower Mound and the Town of Bartonville in relation to what they perceived to be a potential threat of an annexation of their residence by either municipality.

After being notified that neither municipality is currently pursuing annexation of the Rettigs' property, State District Judge Doug Robison denied the temporary restraining order. The week prior to the lawsuit being filed, Flower Mound officials notified Bartonville officials that the ordinance Bartonville approved on August 22 releasing its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) was both incorrect and incomplete: (1) there was a five-acre discrepancy between the property actually released compared to the legal description of the amount of property released, and (2) the legal description of the property released did not close, and therefore was invalid. Bartonville's engineer confirmed this in writing to the Town of Flower Mound. As a result, the actions that the Town of Bartonville undertook to place the property in Flower Mound's ETJ are null and void, and the property currently remains in the ETJ of the Town of Bartonville and Denton County.

Flower Mound has a practice of protecting its boundaries against further industrialization by eliminating its ETJ through annexation, as demonstrated with the completion of a similar annexation on September 9. However, the Town would not be able to do so with the property in question due to the above mentioned error on the part of the Town of Bartonville. Because a municipality cannot legally annex land that does not lie within its ETJ, the Town of Flower Mound's involvement in future legal action is projected to be minimal. Town officials will continue to monitor all legal proceedings and act accordingly to protect the best interest of all Flower Mound residents.
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