Environmental (environment)

Deal will open up land for houses

Wed, Jul 1, 2015 - 5:43am

Energy companies have tentatively agreed to limit their use of land on the city’s south side so that a residential developer can build and sell houses there.

The City Council is expected to review the agreement in a work session Tuesday afternoon.

The energy companies — EagleRidge Energy, Corbin Exploration Limited Partnership and ARP Barnett — have agreed to work with the development group — Kelsoe & Riley and the Pitner Family Limited Partnership — and stay within about 8 acres around existing gas wells just off Ryan Road, near Ryan Elementary School.

The energy companies agreed to limit their use even...

New Texas law, legal actions prompt repeal of fracking ban

Mon, Jun 22, 2015 - 1:24pm

The Denton City Council voted 6-1 early Wednesday morning to “strategically repeal” the city’s hydraulic fracturing ban just seven months after it was approved by what some headlines proclaimed as a “landslide” victory.

Citing the ban as “unenforceable” due to a new state law, the council, in a statement, explained “it is in the overall interest of the Denton taxpayers to...

Are gulf’s fish babies OK?

Mon, Jun 22, 2015 - 1:20pm

No one yet knows how the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is impacting biological development in larvae and fish.

So, with $2.7 million from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, three University of North Texas researchers will spend the next three years looking at how the oil in the water is impacting animals and the water in the gulf.

“I’ve always been interested in the development environments for the animals and how that might impact their fitness and survival,” said Dane Crossley, a professor who is working on the project.

His portion of the research will focus on how well juvenile fish function in...

Conservative lobbying group ALEC sets sights on local lawmakers

Thu, Jun 18, 2015 - 12:51pm

Moments before Adam Briggle was arrested in early June along with other protesters for blocking the entrance to a fracking site in Denton, Texas, police Sgt. Scott Jenkins approached him with a smile. “He shook my hand and thanked me for my years of service to Denton,” Briggle recalled. “I thanked him as well. And then they put me in cuffs.”

In Denton’s fight against fracking, Briggle, a philosophy professor at the University of North Texas, became an unlikely advocate in the fight for community control over corporate interests. “I hadn’t even heard of fracking until I...

The Texas town that banned fracking (and lost)

Tue, Jun 16, 2015 - 1:23pm

When a Texas town voted to ban fracking inside city limits, it was a shock to the oil-friendly state. But the response from the Texas legislature and energy firm has residents questioning what power they have left.

The hydraulic fracturing has started again in Denton, and so too have the protests. 

Months ago, the town became the first in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in their area.

Fracking is a method of shale gas extraction that uses large amounts of water pumped at high pressure into channels drilled into rock to release gas.

It has been a...