What Could Happen To Lake Sharon

XTO Energy is planning on placing several gas wells on the property of Lake Sharon Christian Center in Corinth. They are planning to use the water from Lake Sharon for a process called Hydraulic fracturing. XTO representative Robert Manthei told the Corinth City Council the company could drill “up to 20 or more” wells at the current site.
That’s a frightening number for residents who live on and nearby Lake Sharon. One resident states the lake is only two feet deep at the north side, and mostly four to five feet deep throughout. Residents are afraid the lake and its surrounding wildlife will be destroyed.
Lake Sharon is currently still owned by the original developer of the neighborhood. It’s intended to roll into the Lake Sharon Estates HOA upon completion of the third phase (which will add houses to the other side of the lake). The developer has signed a lease with XTO to allow water to be pumped from the lake during the facturing process.

Here’s a video to show what Lake Sharon looks like now:

A concerned resident speaks about Lake Sharon during the Corinth City Council Hearing:

1 Response so far »

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    Virginia Holt said,

    What are the legal implications here? If folks in the earlier phases of Lake Sharon were told that the Lake would belong to the community down the line, it should be maintained by those who hold it in trust. Using the lake for drilling will certainly change its ecology forever, especially if 800 trees are removed in the vicinity causing toxic run-off from the XTO Operation Site.


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