According to the USGS, the 2.6 magnitude earthquake happened at 4:19 pm and was located between the area of Hwy 114 and Spur 482.
The city of Denton has pushed back against lawsuits filed by oil interests and the Texas General Land Office against the fracking ban its voters approved last month.
“It’s my job to give permits, not Denton’s,” said Texas Railroad Commission chairwoman Christi Craddick, in response to the city’s fracking ban approved by voters this week.
The Texas Oil & Gas Association filed a lawsuit in district court on Wednesday morning asking the a judge to stop the state’s first ban on fracking, passed by voters in Denton.
Voters in Denton have approved a proposal to ban fracking for oil and gas, making it the first city in Texas to do so.
Tensions are mounting as big oil and gas companies and anti-fracking activists try to sway voters ahead of a Tuesday referendum that would make Denton the first Texas city to ban the drilling practice.
Bobby Jones and his family have owned 82 acres in Denton for decades. Now, he worries if voters approve a ban on fracking in the city, the mineral rights they lease will dry up.
Arlington has allowed plans to go forward for more natural gas drilling despite two recent small earthquakes in the area.
The Texas Railroad Commission has amended rules for disposal well operators amid concerns that high-pressure injections can trigger earthquakes.
Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique also known as fracking.
A group of mineral royalty owners has sued the city of Denton over its temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming the ban violates property rights.
A new study suggests hydraulic fracturing, or fracking may not directly cause groundwater contamination at some oil and gas well sites.