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Texas Town Repeals Fracking Ban Under Pressure

HeadlineJun 18, 2015

The Texas town of Denton has repealed a voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracking after pressure from state officials and corporate interests. Denton voters made their town the first in Texas to ban the drilling technique by approving a ballot measure last year. They were immediately threatened with lawsuits by the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office. Those same interests worked with state lawmakers and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to pass a recent law that outlaws fracking bans in Texas. In response, Denton officials have now voted to repeal their fracking ban, saying it’s unenforceable under the new state law. The council’s vote coincided with a protest at a Denton fracking site that saw several people arrested, including 92-year-old activist Violet Palmer. Adam Briggle of the anti-fracking group Denton Drilling Awareness said, “This is definitely not the end of the line. It is the beginning of a new chapter in our fight, and it’s one that’s going to be Texas-wide now.”

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