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By Banning Fracking Bans, Texas Picks Gas Drillers over Local Democracy

By Banning Fracking Bans, Texas Picks Gas Drillers over Local Democracy

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer In what environmental campaigners and the people of the small town of Denton, Texas are calling a clear example of fossil fuel interests trumping the will of local residents, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed HB 40 into law thereby undermining a local ordinance, […]

Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans

Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans

Published on Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Common Dreams by Common Dreams staff The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday that would gut the power of municipalities to pass anti-fracking rules, angering environmentalists and cities across the state. Conservative state lawmakers have been working hard to halt a growing anti-fracking movement since lastNovember, when voters in the […]

Texas-sized Dose of Hypocrisy Served Up To Local Governments Statewide in an Effort to Overturn Denton’s Fracking Ban

Texas-sized Dose of Hypocrisy Served Up To Local Governments Statewide in an Effort to Overturn Denton’s Fracking Ban

Published on the DeSmog Blog Fri, 2015-03-27 15:21 by Julie Dermansky. On March 24, the Texas House of Representatives’ Energy Resources Committee passed a bill that would rescind the fracking ban in Denton and other efforts by local Texas municipalities to protect themselves from the oil and gas industry. Once language in the bill is finalized, which could happen today, the […]