Written by Amanda Casanova
DALLAS -- A push for gas drilling wells on the Luna Vista Golf Course failed again on Aug. 28 as Dallas City Council members voted to deny approval for a permit for the drilling.
The request has come to Dallas City leaders, including the City Plan Commission, before, but hasn't earned enough votes for approval.
The Council, after hearing nearly an hour of public comment both for and against the request, voted 9-6 to approve the permit. The request needed 12 votes to pass.
The Council voted on three different proposed locations for the wells, including the golf course site, and denied them all.
Although Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlins said he didn’t think the proposed locations were the right place for the gas wells, he voted to approve the contract because of the possibility of a lawsuit.
“We have a contract,” Rawlins said. “Not only do we have a contract but many of our citizens have a contract. We have done everything correctly and done it by the book. There is a chance that by voting no we could cost the city of Dallas millions of dollars in legal and other expenses.”