Fort Worth ISD Passes on Millions in Gas Lease Bids

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    The Fort Worth Independent School District is saying no thanks to gas drilling on the school district's land.

    Tuesday night, the school board voted 5-4 to reject 10 lease bids worth about $2.5 million.

    Those against the proposal are worried about the safety of students and they wanted drilling companies to include special low-emission requirements to protect children.  Company representatives said they meet safety standards set by regulators.

    According to the Star-Telegram, the city's ordinance forbids drill sites within 600 feet of schools and the district has a policy of not entering into contracts for drilling within 1,200 feet of schools.

    The leases can be bid on again after March, 2011. The board last month delayed action on bids for 90 days to study the issues.