Bans on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have arisen in a variety of places over recent months. Voters in Mendocino County and San Benito County, California, and Athens, Ohio, separately approved bans on fracking in the November elections. The New York State Governor and his Commissioners of Health and Environmental Conservation decided to ban fracking in New York on Dec. 19, 2014, as Steve Russo has discussed on this blog. However, a small Texas city northwest of Dallas, with a long history of oil and gas production, has drawn national attention after its citizens overwhelmingly voted to ban fracking.
On Nov. 4, 2014, voters of the City of Denton, Texas, approved an ordinance that banned fracking within the corporate city limits. While other cities in Texas have passed ordinances restricting fracking, Denton is the first city to outright ban the practice. Denton’s ordinance would make it a misdemeanor, subject to a fine of up to $2000/day, to engage in fracking within city limits.
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