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Lawyers for the North Texas city filed a motion Monday to move the Land Office’s lawsuit from Austin district court to Denton. The Land Office has alleged the ban violates its rights as the statewide manager of mineral interests.
Denton also argued against a separate lawsuit filed by the Texas Oil and Gas Association, saying the group has not made clear its arguments that existing state authorities pre-empt any local attempts to regulate oil production.
Opponents of the fracking ban say the move will hurt the economy. But many people who live near fracking wells have expressed concern about chemicals emitted by the controversial practice.
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