July 11, 2014

Council approves more searches for oil, natural gas


Searches for more oil and gas deposits in town can begin after Chickasha City Council struck a land use agreement with a third party.

McDonald Land Services, LLC, will begin seismograph field work in designated areas across town, including in the Airport and Airport Industrial Park where Continental Resources has leased the land for exploration. The City will receive $10 per acre for a total of just more than $12,900 for the use of the land, and $5,900 of that is for street and alley easements.

This is the usual next step taken when companies like Continental lease land, Chickasha Airport Manager Steve Chapman said. The same McDonald Land Services conducted similar work out at Chickasha Lake.

McDonald will also be conducting work in areas north of Country Club Road and west of 16th Street in town, where various private owners are having the exploratory work done.

While the Continental lease includes land all around the airport itself, there are areas where drilling will not be permitted. This includes Fairlawn Cemetery and the area previously occupied by trailer park residents just to the south.

"Obviously, we won't allow any drilling inside the cemetery," Chapman said. "With the Airport business park, drilling there would be detrimental to airport operations, with the planes taking off."

The City says it will notify property owners adjacent to any exploration areas of any seismograph field work taking place. Equipment used during the operation is noisy and it will be restricted to use between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in residential areas, according to the agreement.

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