Natural Gas Drilling
The vote by Denton City Council Tuesday night could allow gas wells to be placed closer than they already are to private homes.
Denton leaders, the first in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing, repealed the voter-approved measure early Wednesday, sounding a tone of capitulation to the state’s powerful oil and gas interests after a seven-month battle.
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has resumed in the City of Denton. The natural gas drilling process is once again happening after a new state law made the city’s ban illegal.
Tia Moen didn’t need Southern Methodist University experts to tell her what shook her two-story brick and stone home in Azle in the fall of 2013. She already knew.
Democrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing continuing public concern.
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.
A new study suggests hydraulic fracturing, or fracking may not directly cause groundwater contamination at some oil and gas well sites.
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 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.
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.
Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation’s roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways.