Permits allowing drilling of oil and gas within Copperas Cove city limits approved
Copperas Cove City Council members Tuesday night voted to issue three permits allowing drilling for oil and gas within city limits.
The drilling permits issued to Scully Energy Corporation covers a portion of land along the Lampasas-Coryell county lines, where similar drilling is already happening.
City Attorney James Thompson said the drilling sites are not in a residential area, but the city still has a responsibility to its citizens.
Copperas Cove City Attorney James Thompson said, “We have certain regulations they have to follow to go by, certain insurance requirements; things like that to protect the citizens of the city of Copperas Cove.
So, the city has authority to see they follow those regulations of the city and that’s why we issue the permit.”
The three permits will each cost a $1,000 to start drilling in the area.
Other revenue has yet to be determined.
City officials lifted a six month drilling moratorium, after they reviewed drilling regulations that were 20 years old.