After recently lamenting the loss of local control, elected League City officials should think long and hard about giving up what little control they still have in the case of a controversial natural gas well very near a suburban neighborhood.

Lynn Watkins, whose gas well had frightened and irritated nearby residents for much of the year, is requesting the city council waive two rules. Watkins wants the city council to defer a landscaping requirement until the surrounding subdivision is constructed and waive a requirement for natural gas extracted from the well to be odorized. Odorizing natural gas enables people living and working around it to detect leaks.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248;

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(3) comments

Chuck DiFalco

Well thought out editorial. I would add that League City Council, mindful of HB40, should pick urban drilling battles it has a good chance of winning, and should leave everything else alone.

Michelle Aycoth


If in your back yard you would want city council to not push the issue for your safety ?


James Lippert

Laura, well thought out and written, using lots of fine words. Fortunately my 20+ years of hands-on natural gas field operations provide me the experience to know better. As you did state, practical reasons dictate why mercaptan is not added, desired nor needed at the gas gathering level. And practical reasons dictate why it is added at the consumer distribution level. Thank god for practical Texas government. But don't worry, California still has room.

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