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In Denton, Texas’ first municipal fracking ban takes effect

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DENTON, Texas (AP) — The state’s first fracking ban has taken effect in Denton, a North Texas city located over a large natural gas reserve.

Voters passed the ban last month.

 

An industry group and the state’s General Land Office responded quickly with lawsuits seeking an injunction in District Court to stop it from being enforced.

 

A court battle could determine whether any city in Texas can rebuff the oil and gas industry and still thrive.

 

Denton’s City Council has pledged to defend the ban.

 

Bolstered by oil and gas companies, the ban’s opponents raised nearly 20 times more than supporters.

 

But a University of North Texas analysis found that only a fraction of Denton homeowners own the minerals beneath their properties. In Texas, mineral rights and surface rights are separate.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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