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Oil Leak Dominates Bethel Meeting

 

February 4, 2021

Alex Sloan

Seated right, Bethel Acres Oil and Gas Inspector Neal Davis listens as Sean Hood, owner of Hood Oil and Gas, answers questions from the Bethel Board of Trustees regarding a recent oil leak.

Bethel Acres' Board of Trustees had an eventful meeting on Monday night, dominated by a discussion with Sean Hood, owner of Hood Oil and Gas, regarding a recent oil leak.

The leak in question came from one of Abundance Energy's former oil wells, now owned by Hood Oil and Gas. Hood noted during the meeting that Abundance Energy is still the site's operator of record with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. This is not the first incident of an oil spill or leak involving one of Abundance Energy's Bethel Acres well sites.

In May of 2019, one of Abundance's wells spilled 3200 gallons of oil from the site near Lake Road and Gaddy, as was reported by The Countywide & Sun at the time. For more information regarding the most recent spill, see the oil leak story elsewhere in this edition of the paper.

Other than the prolonged discussion with Hood, the Board of Trustees mostly conducted routine business Monday night, with two notable exceptions. First, the board voted unanimously to send a letter of objection to Oklahoma's House of Representatives regarding House Bill 2839. Objections from several local officials to HB 2839 are aggregated in a separate story, elsewhere in this edition of the paper.

Board members also amended and approved the final draft of Bethel Acres' first-ever town charter. The town charter is essentially the constitution of the town, and requires a vote of the people to approve or amend the document. As such, the final draft of the proposed town charter will be put to a vote of the people during April's elections.

Before approving the document, board members made a couple of final amendments to the charter.

A previous draft of the charter included conflicting language regarding the responsibilities of a Town Treasurer. The board had previously removed language creating the office of Town Treasurer, but left language elsewhere in the charter designating the treasurer with revenue collection responsibilities.

To remedy this conflicting language, the words "town treasurer" in the charter were changed to "town clerk."

The board ended the meeting by confirming the time of their next scheduled meeting, on March 1 at 6 pm. Board meetings are held at the Bethel Community Center.

 

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