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A well pad next to every 3-car garage: suburban sprawl collides with Texas frack jobs
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Mon, Aug 24, 2015 - 5:00am

By Mark Hand

Since the dawn of the modern shale gas movement, natural gas producers and home builders in the city of Denton, Texas, have been on a collision course. The two powerful business interests understood suburban sprawl would eventually limit where gas companies could drill wells in the North Texas community.

Owing to Denton’s ample open and undeveloped space, the inevitable conflict was put on hold. Home builders and shale gas producers operated in harmony in the early years of the city’s boom times. Setback rules were a nonissue because operators could drill their new gas wells and developers could build...