Oil company withdraws Lake Hefner drilling proposal
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City officials announced Friday that Pedestal Oil Company, Inc. has withdrawn its proposal to drill for oil on the south side of Lake Hefner.
The city says the company’s decision was in recognition of widespread community opposition.
A public meeting was held last week to allow residents to give their input on the oil exploration proposal on Lake Hefner.
More than 100 protesters and residents showed up at the meeting, and the public feedback regarding the proposal was overwhelmingly against it.
Pedestal Oil Company proposed up to six wells just south of the lake.
The proposal was still in the early stages of the public consideration process.
“I want to thank Pedestal Oil for recognizing the importance of Lake Hefner to our community and withdrawing their recent proposal,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said. “I also want to thank the many people who contacted my office and shared their views on the topic. We always feel Oklahoma City is most successful when our residents are informed, engaged and able to participate in an ongoing public process.” – Mick Cornett Oklahoma City Mayor
Despite the public opposition, representatives from Pedestal Oil tried to assure the citizens that nothing serious is at stake.
“As far as all of the concerns about safety, modern well construction is so highly regulated by State and federal rules that the risks of contamination have nearly been eliminated,” Wayne Smith, an advisor for Pedestal Oil said.
But Oklahomans were not buying it.
As a result of the public opposition to the unsolicited proposal, Pedestal Oil decided to pull the proposal off the table.