Texas Town Votes to Ban Fracking, Hit With Lawsuits 24 Hours Later – Waking Times

Ban FrackingJulie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog, Waking Times

Less than 24 hours after Denton became the first Texas city to ban fracking within city limits, the city is being sued. The Texas General Land Office and the Texas Oil and Gas Association are the first to challenge the new ordinance.

Denton voters passed the fracking ban by a 59-to-41 percent margin, becoming the first Texas city to ban fracking.

Michael Leza, a Denton resident who campaigned for the ban, told DeSmogBlog: “I’m really happy that the city managed to pull together and fight off the flood of industry propaganda and money. It shows that when people feel connected on a personal level with something they will get informed and vote in their own best interest. Unlike the statewide races where people seem more concerned with politics as a game that they are trying to win, here in Denton we saw a true grassroots movement drag the lovers of power kicking and screaming into protecting our health and safety, regardless of the wishes of the powerful to the contrary”

via Texas Town Votes to Ban Fracking, Hit With Lawsuits 24 Hours Later – Waking Times.

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