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Oklahoma City Council denies Chesapeake request

The energy giant asked the Oklahoma City Council to force its neighbors to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars toward street improvements that would largely benefit Chesapeake.
by William Crum Published: April 2, 2014
/articleid/3949297/1/pictures/2298087">Photo - Chesapeake Energy Corp. campus - Photo by Bryan Terry
Chesapeake Energy Corp. campus - Photo by Bryan Terry

Entities affiliated with Chesapeake would have been assessed around $1.1 million.

Groves took advantage of a provision in state law stating that the district “shall not be created” if a majority of landowners protest its creation in writing.

As a public hearing began on Chesapeake’s proposal Tuesday morning, Groves told the city council he had filed protests by nine of 17 affected landowners with the city clerk’s office on Monday.

He suggested that filing effectively ended the debate before it could begin.

“It cannot be heard on its merits,” Groves told the council. “The district cannot be born.”

In an interview later, Groves said Clements has a long-established warehouse and distribution center near NW 67 Street and what would be Harvey. Hudson and Harvey show up as dirt or gravel tracks, or non-existent, in satellite views of the area. He suggested Chesapeake could get access via NW 71 Street and the Broadway Extension Service Road.

“We thought it was not a good idea to open Harvey and allow traffic to come into an already congested area,” Groves said.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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