HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston City Council has approved a three-year agreement to allow a company to explore for natural gas reserves beneath three municipal parks.
The $200,000 lease is with Southern Star Exploration, with the city standing to get 25 percent if natural gas is found and recovered. The proposal involves Herman Brown, Brock and Maxey parks.
Mayor Annise Parker says if natural gas is found, drilling would take place from nearby property, with no drilling allowed in the parks. Parker says any gains would be reinvested in the park where the natural gas was found.
The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that some neighbors have cited environmental concerns.
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