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January 6, 2013

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ENID, Okla. — Rezoning

MAPC commissioners also will consider Tuesday rezoning 80 acres of land at 525 West Southgate Road for use by an oil field service company.

The tract under consideration is situated south of West Southgate in the section immediately east of South Van Buren. The tract would be bounded on the west by the Union Pacific main line, which runs east of existing businesses at the intersection of South Van Buren and West Southgate.

Dallas-based Longfellow Energy LP is requesting the land be rezoned from A-1 general agriculture to I-2 light industrial, to be used as an oil field equipment storage yard and operation offices for the company.

According to a company statement filed with its request, Longfellow Energy intends to use the Enid yard as the company’s divisional headquarters for operations in the Mississippi Basin south and east of the city.

The Longfellow division headquarters would service “thousands of acres of leases” between Enid and Hennessey, and “would create little new heavy equipment traffic through Enid by virtue of the fact nearly all of their work would be south of Enid,” according to the company statement.

The company noted in its statement it could have selected other communities for the service yard, including Guthrie, Blackwell, Kingfisher and Hennessey. The company selected Enid, according to the statement, “because of the balance of its proximity to Longfellow’s lease acreage and Enid’s opportunities for family activities, including education, medical, shopping, dining and recreation.”

The acres under consideration for rezoning lie just outside of Enid city limits, which follow the west right-of-way of the Union Pacific tracks along that section, north to Rupe. Existing light industrial properties lie to the west and north of the tract under consideration.

MAPC commissioners will make a recommendation Tuesday on the rezoning. The matter then will go to the Garfield County Board of Commissioners for a final decision.

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