News for North Texas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Denton Imposes Temporary Ban On Hydraulic Fracturing

shutterstock_175228724.jpg
Christopher Halloran
/
Shutterstock.com
The Denton City Council on Tuesday voted to impose a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing until September.

The Denton City Council on Tuesday voted to impose a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing until September.

But fracking opponents want to make that permanent through an ordinance that would prohibit the practice in Denton. They’ve submitted a petition that seeks a total ban.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports:

The Denton Drilling Awareness Group … said Wednesday morning that it turned in at least 1,871 signatures in support of the petition. It needs a little less than 600 valid signatures to force a public hearing and council vote. The city has 20 days to verify the signatures and then 60 days to hold the hearing and vote on the proposal.

Much of North Texas sits on top of the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S.

Denton could become the first place in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing.

The fracking process involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals into deep rock formations to free oil and gas. The process has led to major economic benefits but also to fears that the chemicals could spread to water supplies and worsen air quality.

Learn more from StateImpact Texas.

The Denton Record-Chronicle has more details.

Learn more about the Denton fracking issue from The Texas Tribune.

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees keranews.org, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.