A judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the Georgetown City Council from voting Tuesday night on a rezoning request for a crude oil pump station.
Georgetown resident Dr. Jeffrey Miller filed a lawsuit against the city Friday asking for a restraining order until his appeal to the Georgetown Zoning Board of Adjustment was resolved. The appeal says city Planning Director Sofia Nelson misinterpreted the definition of utility services allowed for business park zoning to include a crude oil pump station.
District Judge Ryan Larson refused to issue the temporary restraining order Tuesday morning.
Miller’s lawyer, Brett Miller, who is also his son, said the lawsuit against the city is still pending. The lawsuit says the pump station severely limits Jeffrey Miller’s access to his 10-acre cattle ranch property, which Miller can only get to through land owned by the pipeline company.
The Georgetown City Council approved a request in its initial vote Dec. 13 to change the zoning of 10 acres owned by Enterprise Products on Rabbit Hill Road from agricultural to business park. The company wants to build the pump station for the yet-to-be-built Enterprise crude oil pipeline, proposed to run from Midland to Sealy.