Environmental (environment)

The Brief: Getting at the Roots of the Denton Fracking Ban
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Tue, Dec 16, 2014 - 9:16am

The Tribune's Jim Malewitz tries to get at, in a piece also published in Politico Magazine, the root causes that spurred the town of Denton to approve a ban on fracking last month.

"So, how did a North Texas town come to reject a tool that has been instrumental in the state’s economic well-being?" wrote Malewitz. "It seems it was equal parts concerns about health and...

Dissecting Denton: How a Texas City Banned Fracking
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Tue, Dec 16, 2014 - 9:08am

Cathy McMullen taps the brakes of her Toyota Prius after driving through a neighborhood of mostly one-story homes in Denton, about an hour northwest of Dallas. “There,” she says, nodding toward a limestone wall shielding from view a pad of gas wells. McMullen, a 56-year-old ­­­­home health nurse, cruised past a stretch of yellowed grass and weeds. “They could have put that pad site on that far corner right there,” she says, pointing ahead. “The land’s all vacant.”

Instead, the wells sit on the corner of Bonnie Brae and Scripture Street. Across the way: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Across another...

In Texas, 1st municipal fracking ban takes effect
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Mon, Dec 8, 2014 - 11:26am

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...

Denton Defends Its New Fracking Ban
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Tue, Dec 2, 2014 - 7:57pm

Texas’ first fracking ban has taken effect in Denton, which is located over a large natural gas reserve. Voters in the North Texas city 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.

...

Losers Blame College Voters for Denton Fracking Ban
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Wed, Nov 26, 2014 - 11:57am

Did college students tilt the outcome of Denton’s vote to ban hydraulic fracturing?

That question has stirred debate since the city – home to the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University – became the first in Texas to ban the oilfield technique that sparked a drilling boom and spawned tension in some urban areas. 

Overall, the vote wasn’t close.Nearly 59 percent of voters supported the ban, even though its opponents – buoyed by contributions from energy companies – spent far more money. That margin,...