Poll: Can Texas Cities Ban Fracking?

Other municipalities are looking to follow Denton's lead.

A disposal well near Azle.  (Photo: Elizabeth Lavin)
A disposal well near Azle. (Photo: Elizabeth Lavin)

Denton’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, the first such measure in the state, goes into effect today. A legal battle challenging it is already under way, even as other Texas cities are looking to follow suit. It’s a fight over the rights of property and mineral rights owners vs. public health concerns about the potential environmental damage caused by natural gas drilling operations.

So whose rights matter more?



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