Durant restructuring oil and gas drilling regulations

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DURANT, Okla. -- The city of Durant is restructuring city ordinances when it comes to drilling for oil and gas within the city limits, and they want to make sure residents know what changes to expect.

Durant city leaders say their oil and gas drilling regulations haven't changed in 30 years, but as the city continues to grow they say they have realized some of those old rules have become outdated.

City leaders are opening up new areas in Durant for oil and gas drilling. Officials say that's because city limits have expanded since the regulations were drawn up back in the 1970's.

The new plans specify locations where companies can drill and what areas are off limits. Also included in the new ordinances are specific rules pertaining to the amount of oil and gas that can be pumped each day and any related costs.

Officials say they think the new rules are a good fit for the growing community and hope Thursday night’s informational session can answer all residents' questions.

"There’s a lot of interest in drilling oil and gas wells in this area, and we understand there’s going to be some wells proposed in and around Durant, and we wanted to have some and we wanted to have some new updated regulations in place." Durant city technician Ralph Houser says.

The meeting started Thursday evening around five o’clock at the library on Beech Street, and city leaders will be on hand to answer any questions relating to the new regulations.

No word yet on when they will take effect.

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