Proposed Guthrie oil well would sit in flood plain

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GUTHRIE,Okla.-The vote for a proposed oil well inside Guthrie city limits is postponed again, this time the item was tabled by a new city council.

The new city council and mayor saw the agenda item of the proposed well for the first time.

We learned today this proposed well is actually on a flood plain.

"Down here by division on Mineral Wells Park, it will back up here too,"David Ball, Emergency Management for Logan County and City of Guthrie, says.

Ball says that park, feet away from the proposed oil well, is in a Logan County flood plain.

"I was not aware of that, that makes it even worse," Lisa Griggs, a concerned Guthrie resident, says.

"If it's prone to flooding any kind of pollution or spill problems are going to be increased, gosh, that just kind of makes the whole thing much worse," Griggs said.

The county says a railroad track separates 'strong current flooding' from where the proposed oil well will be, which they say is not prone to any 'strong current flooding.'

"A lot of the areas down here near Mineral Wells park doesn't necessarily have the current, it's more of a back flow, so there's not as much near the current that's flowing," Ball said.

But history proves what could happen near the proposed site.

"Most people around here know that when it floods that water is just nasty brown and you don't want to be in it," Ball says.

There's no timeline for when the next flood will happen, but the clock is ticking for when or if an oil well will arise.

"I think it sends a really really bad message when we put an oil well right by a public park city that is the most historically significant city in the state," Patricia Bowman, another concerned resident said.

City councilman, Ed Wood, told us before the meeting he wanted to learn more about the proposal before voting on it as decided to motion to table it. 

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