The Texas Railroad Commission has proposed tightening regulations for injection wells as scientists explore a potential link between high-pressure wastewater disposal and the earthquakes rattling North Texas.
Researchers at Southern Methodist University are studying whether the seismic activity is linked to high-pressure injection wells where hydraulic fracturing fluids are disposed.
Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude.
The Denton City Council has decided voters will determine the fate of a controversial ban on hydraulic fracturing in the city.
City council members in Denton on Tuesday night could have made history by approving a ban on fracking. But instead, voters will have the final word.
The proposed ban on hydraulic fracking in Denton will go to city voters this November after City Council members voted early Wednesday against an outright ban in a 5-2 vote that came after an eight-hour plus public hearing.
A North Texas community that sits on what’s believed to hold one of the biggest natural gas reserves in the U.S. may become the first city in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing.
One area in North Texas could make history on Tuesday night. Members of the Denton City Council could vote to ban fracking within city limits. The move would likely have a statewide impact.
The City of Denton will draw statewide attention Tuesday as it considers a petition to become the first city in Texas to ban fracking. If approved, the ban could have a ripple effect not only in the state but across the nation.
Denton will consider a petition to ban fracking at its public hearing on Tuesday.
Outgoing Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman has asked officials of a North Texas city to not support a grassroots petition advocating a ban on hydraulic fracturing within the city limits.
Researchers need more detail on the liquid injections themselves to absolutely prove the case.