On Thursday, December 4, 2014, in Texas Oil and Gas Assoc. v. City of Denton, Cause No. 14-08933-431, 431st District Court, Denton County, Texas, the Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks filed a Joint Petition in Intervention seeking to “provide a vigorous defense of the legality and enforceability” of the December 2, 2014, ordinance (the “Ordinance”) which banned hydraulic fracturing in Denton.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that surfactant chemicals extracted from samples of hydraulic fracturing fluids are no more toxic than common household products.
After the first municipal ban on hydraulic fracturing in Texas went into effect on December 2in Denton, residents of other Texas cities are considering whether to pursue bans in their own backyards. Residents from disparate parts of the Lone Star state, including Reno (100 miles northeast of Dallas in Lamar County), Alpine (170 miles southwest of Midland in Brewster County), and Presidio (250 miles southeast of El Paso in Presidio County), have taken notice of the Denton election results.
Using one line to get to the heart of the matter, on December 2, 2014, two Florida senators filed a bill aimed to ban fracking throughout the state.
Illinois’ fledgling hydraulic fracturing industry avoided another delay last week.
On Monday, November 24, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) filed a lawsuit in the Broomfield District Court for declaratory judgment to invalidate that city’s temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing.
The Unintended Effects of Protecting the Environment – How Banning Fracking Can Lead San Benito County to Bankruptcy
On November 4, 2014, San Benito County voters went to the poles to vote on Measure J, the measure designed to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and related gas and oil extraction activities, as well as other “high-intensity petroleum operations,” including acid well stimulation and cyclic steam injection.
The Myth of the Regulatory Gap: BLM’s Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Compared to Existing State Law
For the better part of the last decade, oil and natural gas production from domestic wells has increased steadily.
Voters in the Dallas suburb of Denton, TX have spoken—they don’t want hydraulic fracturing to take place anywhere near their homes, and have voted to ban the energy extraction practice. But while the long-awaited and much-discussed vote has come and gone, this fracking fight is far from reaching its conclusion.
Last week’s Election Day in Ohio produced victories for fracing supporters and opponents alike. Proposed hydraulic fracturing bans were on the ballot in four different municipal contests.