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    Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    So, while I've been contemplating the hard losses for the Democratic Party in this years election, I came upon the winning of an issue that I'm personally involved in.


    I spoke out at a city council meeting a year and a half ago when Atmos Gas Corp wanted to erect a 285 foot tower that they claimed was only for radio communications. Coincidentally, that is the same height as a fracking drill tower. They even said that it would not have guide wires. That led me to believe that it was going to be planted quite deep into the ground. My house would have been within 500 feet of the tower.

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    Voters in Denton, Texas, voted strongly in favor of a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the city, the first such restriction in energy-friendly Texas.

    With the majority of precincts reporting Tuesday night, 59% of voters favored barring fracking, with 41% opposed.

    “Hydraulic fracturing, as determined by our citizens, will be prohibited in the Denton city limits,” Mayor Chris Watts said in a statement, vowing to defend the ban from expected legal challenges.

    Those pushing the ban described it as a last-ditch attempt to rein in fracking, which has been disrupting residential neighborhoods beset by noise, fumes and other side effects of the process used to release oil and gas from shale formations. A college town of about 123,000, Denton sits on the Barnett Shale in north Texas and has about 280 natural-gas wells within its boundaries.
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    Re: Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    Thanks for the good news. Yes, a big surprise in Texas.

    How NOT a surprise that Atmos would deceive in its initial public efforts...

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    Re: Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    With the exception of maybe College Station, most College towns in Texas are very Liberal.

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    Re: Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    Probably short lived. Rumblings that its a violation of property rights guaranteed by TX's constitution. Interesting to see how it will end.

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    Re: Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    The City of Denton has come out verbally to state that all lawsuits will be fought hard.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Watts
    When it was clear that the initiative would pass Tuesday night, Denton Mayor Chris Watts issued a statement that the city would defend the new law.

    “As I have stated numerous times, the democratic process is alive and well in Denton. Hydraulic fracturing, as determined by our citizens, will be prohibited in the Denton city limits. The City Council is committed to defending the ordinance and will exercise the legal remedies that are available to us should the ordinance be challenged
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    Let's see just how "Big Government" the Texas legislature can be.
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    Re: Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    I am all for fracking but even I might balk at doing it in city limits, kind of like target shooting in city limits with a 44 mag.

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    Re: Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    I have no issue with harvesting natural resources, when done safely, but not in a residential area. That is just a disaster waiting to happen.
    Is there a petition anywhere that we can sign in support?

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    Re: Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by d0gbreath View Post
    So, while I've been contemplating the hard losses for the Democratic Party in this years election, I came upon the winning of an issue that I'm personally involved in.


    I spoke out at a city council meeting a year and a half ago when Atmos Gas Corp wanted to erect a 285 foot tower that they claimed was only for radio communications. Coincidentally, that is the same height as a fracking drill tower. They even said that it would not have guide wires. That led me to believe that it was going to be planted quite deep into the ground. My house would have been within 500 feet of the tower.



    You lose some and you win some.
    I'm with you. I wouldn't want a 250 ft tower within 2 football fields of my house. Not to mention the amount of traffic. Glad you got a win.
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    Re: Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by d0gbreath View Post
    So, while I've been contemplating the hard losses for the Democratic Party in this years election, I came upon the winning of an issue that I'm personally involved in.


    I spoke out at a city council meeting a year and a half ago when Atmos Gas Corp wanted to erect a 285 foot tower that they claimed was only for radio communications. Coincidentally, that is the same height as a fracking drill tower. They even said that it would not have guide wires. That led me to believe that it was going to be planted quite deep into the ground. My house would have been within 500 feet of the tower.



    You lose some and you win some.
    Its a good thing. Aside from them obviously destroying water supplies and then denying it, this huge study of air impact just came out:


    High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Air Near Oil and Gas Sites
    A five-state study raises new questions about the health impacts of the U.S. energy boom.
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    Re: Texas Town Votes To Bar Fracking in City Limits

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    Its a good thing. Aside from them obviously destroying water supplies and then denying it, this huge study of air impact just came out:


    High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Air Near Oil and Gas Sites
    A five-state study raises new questions about the health impacts of the U.S. energy boom.
    They don't even have to declare what chemicals they are using. They claim proprietary information and get away with it. I'd like to see a company try that with food.
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