SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KTAL / KMSS) – Residents of the Martin Luther King neighborhood of Shreveport express concern after receiving letters from an oil and gas company asking to drill for oil on their personal property.
Neighbors say rental papers from Trinity Operating, a Houston-based oil and gas company, trying to get permission from owners to drill on their land, are left in their mailboxes.
The neighborhood held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue. Most of the questions raised at the meeting were about what this means for their community.
“It’s detrimental to the neighborhood because is the air quality changing? these are the questions that we have proposed. does this air quality change. You know those big 18 wheeler trucks going up and down the street, are they going to destroy the streets, is that going to change. Are the kids going to be able to play safely in the neighborhood, something might fly off a truck or you know what if there is an explosion at the construction site the safety aspect the drilling is not not an easy job it’s actually a dangerous job you know how does that affect everyone in this area? Said Ryan Williams, resident of the Martin Luther King community.
This was the first meeting and Williams says more are scheduled until the neighborhood talks to the oil company.
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