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Denton Wants Restraining Order Against Natural Gas Driller

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The city of Denton is seeking a restraining order against a natural gas driller.

The city of Denton is seeking a restraining order against a driller, alleging the company is working on two natural gas wells without the city’s permission. 

The Texas Tribune reports that a complaint was filed Friday in the Denton County District Court. Denton says the Dallas-based EagleRidge Energy ignored the city's demands to stop working on wells about 5 miles southwest of downtown. The city never permitted the development, the complaint says, and the wells lie too close to housing development, violating city rules.

“Defendants’ actions are being performed in flagrant disregard of the city’s right and duty to enforce its codes and ordinances,” the complaint says. “Without the intervention of this court, defendants are likely to continue such illegal operations.”

Representatives from EagleRidge and Denton declined to comment to the Tribune. A hearing is set for Oct. 30.

Read more here.

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