Tuttle holds meeting with large oil companies to discuss road damage

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TUTTLE, Okla. --

The City of Tuttle and two large oil companies agreed they want a solution, not litigation at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Issues over damaged roads prompted the discussion.

City officials told News Channel 4 on Monday that roads damaged in past projects needed to be repaired before starting any new operations.

“Those costs aren’t supposed to be borne by the taxpayers. They’re supposed to be borne by the producers,“ one city council member said.

The city wants to protect Tuttle residents from driving on cracked and uneven roads.

For one damaged road, a contractor estimated to replace a two-mile stretch it would cost around $380,000.

It is a number that caused controversy.

“That was a lot of money, and we felt like that $380,000 was being assessed against us and Linn 100 percent,” said Mike Hofstrom, with Citizen Energy.

After the misunderstanding had been cleared up, the council decided to let drilling operations go on while the discussion about costs continues.

“We’ll all be working together to try to develop not only a new ordinance for Tuttle regarding the fee structure but something that could potentially be used as a model for other municipalities across the state,”  said City Manager Tim Young.

“The city has to watch out for the citizens, and we need to watch out for being a good corporate partner and for what’s good for our shareholder,” said Don Davis, with Linn Energy.

Worst case scenario, city officials said if there is no resolution it could sue both companies.