Denton Fracking Ban


The Denton fracking was without a doubt the most publicized of all the fracking bans. The following are excerpts and links to articles from all sides of the issue.
(by Jordan Rudner) Now that Denton has repealed its ban on hydraulic fracturing and its ban on gas drilling has expired, lawyers for the oil and gas industry have agreed to drop their lawsuit against the city. The Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) sued Denton in November 2014, challenging a city-wide ban...Read more
(by Merrill Hope) Governor Greg Abbott may have signed the legislation that rendered a highly publicized North Texas city’s fracking ban null and void, but its city council met to vote on a “strategic repeal” of the environmental lobby-backed ordinance that remained on the city’s books, one that is embroiled...Read more
(by Max B. Baker) Denton’s hydraulic fracturing ban was passed with great fanfare in November, but early Wednesday morning the City Council was forced to take it off the books because of a new state law and pending lawsuits. The council voted 6-1 to repeal the ordinance because it had been rendered...Read more (Limited number of page views w/FWST before hitting paywall)
(by Jim Malewitz) Lawyers for Texas and its powerful oil and gas industry won’t let Denton out of their sights -- even after the North Texas city conceded that the Legislature defanged its six-month-old ban on hydraulic fracturing. The Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) and the state’s General...Read more
(by Aleem Maqbool) 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...Read more
(by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe) House Bill 40 looms large over Tuesday’s City Council meeting, with city leaders expected to consider both its short-term and long-term response to the unprecedented new law. The council walked away from an all-out repeal of the city’s 7-month-old ban on hydraulic fracturing two...Read more
(by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe) The Denton City Council walked away from repealing the city’s 7-month-old ban on hydraulic fracturing early Wednesday morning, after more than four hours of public testimony and two hours of deliberation. Council members said they wanted to explore whether the city could...Read more
(by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe) Speaker after speaker asked the Denton City Council on Tuesday night to postpone repealing the city’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, saying the action was too drastic. The community needs more information and time to respond, they said. Council members signaled early in the...Read more
(by Steve Everley) The Texas Tribune is reporting that the ban has "cost the city some $220,000 in legal fees alone." That’s a far cry from Earthworks' claim that it was "no more" than $150,000, and significantly more than what Frack Free Denton promised voters before the election. The legal costs alone...Read more
(by Jim Malewitz) DENTON -- Seven months after a rag-tag group of local activists scored a surprising victory over the state’s powerful oil and gas industry by convincing voters in this North Texas city to ban hydraulic fracturing, heavy trucks bearing piping, perforating guns and other high-powered...Read more
(by John Boyd) Three activists were arrested as fracking resumed in Denton today. The City of Denton voted overwhelmingly in November to ban oil and gas drilling within city limits, citing noise and lights as well as fears of air and water pollution. But in May the state legislature nullified the local ordinance...Read more
(by Deon Daugherty) To slow down the potential for a judicial ruling in support of a law that nullifies some city rules on hydraulic fracturing, the city of Denton is considering a repeal of their ban. It was Denton's flat ban on hydraulic fracturing that inspired House Bill 40, which became law May 18. The state...Read more
(by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe) The fight over fracking in Texas cities is continuing. Anti-fracking activists are searching for a legal strategy to challenge the constitutionality of a new state law that appears to overturn the frack ban that Denton voters passed last November. On a second front, protesters...Read more
(by Leigh Thompson) The Texas Legislature has spoken: Fracking bans are out. Where does this leave Denton, the city with the most aggressive antifracking regulation, and other Texas municipalities utilizing or exploring oppressive oil and gas regulations? Citing Denton’s intent to enforce existing regulations...Read more
(by Nicholas Sakelaris) The ink was barely dry on Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature for House Bill 40 and Vantage Energy was charging forward with plans to resume hydraulic fracking operations in Denton. Vantage won’t release numbers but said that the delay caused by the six-month ban cost the...Read more
(by Nicholas Sakelaris) Vantage Energy is scheduled to start hydraulic fracking operations in Denton on June 1 as the city determines that its ban is no longer enforceable. The Colorado-based company plans to frack eight different wells in West Denton off University Drive and Nail Road...Read more
(by Tom Dart) The framed newspaper article in Adam Briggle’s office with the headline "Fracking banned" is from last November. It already reads like ancient history. The north Texas city of Denton became a beacon for the anti-fracking movement when residents voted to prohibit the practice inside...Read more
(by Daniel J. Graeber) DENTON -- The city of Denton, Texas, will continue enforcing regulations on hydraulic fracturing, but can't predict how the courts will react, a spokeswoman said. Denton in November became one of the first cities in the United States to pass voter-backed legislation restricting hydraulic...Read more
(by Max B. Baker) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced this morning that he will sign into law a bill that reasserts the state’s control over oil and gas drilling and prohibits cities from banning hydraulic fracturing, giving them only limited control over the oil and gas process within their city limits...Read more (May require subscription w/FWST after multiple article views)
(by Ed Ireland) Denton's ban on hydraulic fracturing has been in the news quite a bit recently, but there's an issue that has been lost in much of that debate: taxes. You might ask, what do taxes have to do with locally passed bans on fracking? The answer is simple. When it comes to fracking bans, there is...Read more