League City council passes ordinance moving drilling back

August 9, 2011 7:29:42 PM PDT
Council members in League City have approved a plan that pushes drilling farther away from neighborhoods.

In a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, the city council agreed to move oil and gas drilling at least 600 feet away from neighborhoods, schools and other structures.

For homeowners in Magnolia Creek, that's not far enough. They were arguing for a 1,000-foot buffer.

Councilman Dennis O'Keefe, voted for the 600-foot buffer, even though before being elected this past May, he told voters he would support the 1,000-foot buffer.

Councilman Dan Becker says the city is trying to "...regulate every aspect within reason to prevent accidents." He supports the buffer says says the city is crying out for more domestic oil production, and that tighter regulation would prevent such production.