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Oil company scraps plan to drill near Lake Hefner

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A controversial plan to drill for oil near Lake Hefner has been withdrawn by a local energy company.

Pedestal Oil had requested permission to drill on the south side of the Oklahoma City lake but met public resistance at a public forum last week when hundreds of residents turned up to protest the plan. City hall announced Friday that the oil company would no longer be seeking permission to drill near the lake.

“I want to thank Pedestal Oil for recognizing the importance of Lake Hefner to our community and withdrawing their recent proposal,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said in a release Friday. “I also want to thank the many people who contacted my office and shared their views on the topic. We always feel Oklahoma City is most successful when our residents are informed, engaged and able to participate in an ongoing public process.”

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