McAllen City Commission rejects application for gas well in North McAllen
The McAllen City Commission rejected a permit application from Texakoma Oil and Gas Corp. on Monday after plans to drill a well attracted high-profile opposition.
Texakoma Oil and Gas requested a permit to drill for gas near the intersection of North 10th Street and Northgate Lane.
The well immediately attracted high-profile opposition.
Former U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, McAllen Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Leonel Garza III and attorney Ric Gonzalez — who represents several Hidalgo County cities — opposed the permit. Stefanie Herweck, who serves on the Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club's executive committee, also wrote a column forThe Monitor opposing the permit.
In response to questions from the City Engineer's Office, the company stated the well would not involve fracking and the risk of any problems would be extremely low.
After reviewing the permit application, City Manager Roy Rodriguez and City Attorney Kevin Pagan advised the City Commission to reject the permit.
Correction: This article incorrectly stated the name of the company that applied for a permit. It is the Texakoma Oil and Gas Corp., not the Texahoma Oil and Gas Corp.