The City Council stood by its gas well ordinance late Tuesday and denied a request by XTO to drill up to 12 gas wells within 400 feet of two Keller homes.
"I think we have one of the most industry-friendly set backs at 600 feet and I am standing by it," Councilman Mitch Holmes said.
The majority of the council agreed and denied the proposal with a 4-1 vote. Councilman Tom Cawthra recused himself from the discussion and Councilman Ray Brown voted against it.
Brown said some comments made during the meeting raised some "serious doubts" but he declined to comment further.
The Town Hall erupted in cheers after the pad site was denied.
Of about 80 people attending, about 30 residents spoke during the public hearing.
Most residents voiced concerns about safety, traffic and additional noise the gas site would bring to the neighborhoods.
XTO had applied to construct a pad site at 2202 Union Church Road. It is known as the Sky Creek pad site for its proximity to the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club.
The Planning and Zoning Commission denied the request last month.
Keller's gas drilling ordinance requires a 600-foot setback between a drill site and a home, church or school.
There are two Keller homes that are within 400 to 410 feet of the proposed site.
XTO has approval for the site from the resident to the north, Alan Baker, but not from the resident to the east, Tonya Fuqua.
"This is about 460 feet from my house and I am OK with that," Baker said. "I am for the drilling and I want it to happen."
Fuqua fought back tears as she told the council why she opposed this site.
"This drill site directly impacts us since it's planned to come right up to our property line," she said.
Possible health risks were also a concern, Fuqua said.
"Our 8-year-old daughter Sabrina has Crohn's disease and has been in and out of the hospital since she has been born," Fuqua said. "We can not afford to have her right next to chemicals."