No vote on Guthrie oil well proposal, residents want more information

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GUTHRIE, Okla. - A proposed oil well inside Guthrie city limits was up for a vote on the city council agenda Tuesday night.  A controversial topic to be sure, but the council ended up not voting.

There were only two council members present at the meeting, so a quorum could not be established.

That did not stop citizens from showing up to voice their opinions on the proposed oil well inside the city limits.

The Guthrie city council meeting was set for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting was canceled, but concerned people showed up anyway, to talk about the agenda item to approve to issue a permit for oil and gas well drilling.

"I need more information, that's probably what most of us what," Phil Nichols, a concerned Guthrie citizen said.

"It's certainly not something that we should put on a consent agenda, and just let them vote and not have any discussion on," Lisa Griggs, another concerned citizen said.

Documents show the request to Guthrie for a permit was made by TBK Energy Company on March 26.

The permit requested is for an oil/gas well. It indicates "drilling water will be purchased from the city of Guthrie."

"I live near Lake Guthrie and we're already selling water to another municipality and our lake is very very low right now, I don't know how we can possibly support this much water right now," Griggs said.

We checked out where the well will be, at 1250 Round Rd. just feet away from Mineral Wells Park and less than a mile from downtown Guthrie.

"I personally, I would like to not see it done, it's too close to our park, too close to a lot of things, families and community," Nichols says.

Katrina VanDiest lives and raises horses just across from the proposed site.

"I can only imagine when they first get it put in, probably have to keep them in a pen or something because they might just kind of run off," VanDiest says.

A community, up in arms, is searching for clarity.

"If you don't know, what do you do, you make things up in your own mind, so just finding out the facts," Nichols said.

The next council meeting will be held on May 5th.

We tried asking the city manager for clarity on a city ordinance attached to the permit.

She would not answer our questions.

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