SOURCE: Citizens For Property Rights

April 23, 2012 23:30 ET

Southlake Citizens For Property Rights Holding Petition Drive Meetings

SOUTHLAKE, TX--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 2012) - Citizens For Property Rights (CPR) have filed an Initiative Petition with the City of Southlake requiring the City to amend the current over burdensome "Gas and Oil Well Production" Ordinance 880-B, known as Article IV, Chapter 9.5 passed by the City Council in November, 2011 and accept an Amended 880-CPR Ordinance for public vote.

CPR was formed to educate Texas citizens of their constitutional rights to safely secure royalties from their mineral estates on their owned properties.

The Petition is based on the Texas Constitution home rule and Southlake Charter that the citizens of Southlake should have a vote over the oil and gas drilling ordinances.

CPR cites the Council ignored the fact that a super majority or approximately 12,000 Southlake property owners/voters did sign oil and gas leases in 2008-09, overwhelmingly supporting gas drilling.

CPR complained the Council caused an intentional delay from January 18, through November 14, 2011 in voting two "moratoriums" on well permit applications, thus allowing the leases signed in 2008-09 to expire. This questionable act by the Council has had enormous adverse financial consequences on the Carroll ISD Schools revenue and citizens of Southlake.

"We want safety first, but not to extremes," said Stephen Oren, Chairman of CRP.

One extreme regulation requires a drilling truck carrying gravel to have a combined $50 million in vehicle liability insurance; yet the same truck carrying gravel for a new hospital site only has to have $1 million liability insurance. A gas drilling truck, if lost on a side street in Southlake must pay a $2,000 fine; yet the hospital truck only pays a $193 fine. CPR believes these regulations are outrageous and discriminatory.

Registered voters in Southlake who agree it is time to safely take back our Constitutional rights, can go to a CPR Petition Signing Event held on Saturday, April 28, at the Milner Ranch, 651 E Highland between 10AM-4PM; and at Grace Community Church, 251 Countryside Road on Saturday, May 12 from 10AM-3PM. Voters can sign any day at The Feed Store, 530 S White Chapel Blvd between 11AM-8PM.

A copy of the CPR Ordinance amendment can be found at

"CPR" is a GPAC pursuant to section 251.001(14), Texas Election Code.

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    SOUTHLAKE TX 76092