Environmental (environment)

Fracking Booms Near Schools With Minority Students

Tue, Nov 18, 2014 - 10:16am

It was just before summer vacation in 2012 when a company named Encana began to drill for natural gas between two elementary schools in Erie, Colorado using the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The eight gas wells sat about 1,600 feet from the Red Hawk and Erie schools, where a combined 750 children attend.

Worried parents tried hard to stop the project, but they failed. So they braced for the prospect of sending their kids to learn at a place...

‘Stream Clean’ nets nearly 3 tons of garbage

Thu, Nov 13, 2014 - 11:16am

More than 600 volunteers picked up nearly 3 tons of trash, recyclables and old tires during the city’s annual “Stream Clean” event Saturday.

Volunteers from several Scout troops, Denton ISD, North Texas Central College, Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas were dispatched to 11 different waterways in and around the city. They picked up materials to prevent them from running downstream and polluting drinking water supplies.

The event was sponsored by the city’s Water Utilities Department and Keep Denton Beautiful. About 1,240 pounds of recyclables...

Flower Mound P&Z approves Southgate master plan change, tables rezoning

Tue, Nov 11, 2014 - 12:18pm

Southgate, a proposed 108-acre mixed-use development slated for Gerault Road and FM 2499, must reduce the number of apartments before returning to the Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commission for a zoning change.

Commissioners voted 5-1 to table a request for rezoning from Planned Development No. 47 with Commercial District-2 and Industrial District-2 uses to Planned Development District No. 134 with both non-residential and residential uses in compliance with the Campus Commercial land use designation within the Lakeside Business District Area.At issue was the proposed 970 apartments and 270 single-family residences,...

In Denton, a vote ends very little

Tue, Nov 11, 2014 - 12:04pm

If there were a contest for the lowest degree of finality conferred by any item on the electoral ballots last week across America, the judges would have to give serious consideration to the proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in the North Texas city of Denton.

The referendum on the technique — which flushes hydrocarbons from the earth with injections of water, sand and chemicals — produced the first localized ban anywhere in Texas, the...


Wed, Nov 5, 2014 - 12:02pm

enton, a gas and oil city located north of Dallas, is expected to become the first Lone Star State city to ban fracking. On Tuesday, voters approved a proposed ban on the drilling method -- the vote follows Denton's City Council rejection of the proposal over the summer. 

Denton sits on top of a large reserve called the Bernett Shale--the gas and oil industry in the...