- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City residents will be able to weigh in on a proposal that would allow an oil company to drill near Lake Hefner.

Pedestal Oil Co. Inc. wants to drill at a site outside the park’s boundaries that was selected after the Oklahoma City water utilities trust asked the company to find a site that met state regulations and the trust’s more stringent guidelines for drilling operations.

Under the proposal, which city attorneys and Pedestal are still negotiating, the company would pay the city trust a royalty rate of 21 percent.

The proceeds would go toward improvements at Hefner, Draper and Overholser lakes, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/16pLPff ) reported. The three-year lease includes the option of drilling up to five additional wells after the first.

A public comment meeting by the city’s utilities department is set for Thursday night at the Will Rogers Conservatory.

Kevin Moore, president of the Edgewater-Lakepointe neighborhood association, said his group is concerned about safety, noise and possible risks to drinking water.

The proposed drilling location is near the borders of the city’s Ward 1 and Ward 2.

Councilman Ed Shadid of Ward 2 said he was worried about how nearby homes and trails would be impacted by drilling. Ward 1 Councilman James Greiner said he’s keeping an open mind, but has received calls from residents who are against the plan.

“It’s not a done deal yet, but I hope the public will weigh in on this and stop it if they have concerns,” Shadid said.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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