Texas is the leading producer of crude oil in the United States. Since 2005, more than 12,000 wells have been fracked in the Fort Worth area alone.
Responding to that boom, state leaders passed a bill in 2011 making Texas the first state in the nation to require drillers to disclose chemicals and their amounts used in fracking. However, the Lone Star State recently became the site of a state-versus-local-control battle over fracking.
Denton, a town north of Fort Worth, passed a moratorium on fracking in 2014, the first in the state. The next morning, two lawsuits were brought against the town, one by the state agency that regulates fracking in Texas, and another by industry. Earthjustice intervened in the cases on behalf of community groups that had worked to pass Denton’s ban on fracking.
In May 2015, Governor Greg Abott signed a law severely limiting how local governments can regulate oil and gas drilling within their communities, nullifying Denton’s ban and restrictions in Dallas.
Did You Know?
At a September 2015 EPA hearing in Dallas on proposed rules to limit methane pollution from oil and gas wells, citizens spoke out in favor of the rules—and against the oil and gas industry—at a ratio of ten to one, an impressive showing in this oil and gas company town.
Last Updated: September 29, 2015
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