Anti-fracking groups – many of which are based in California or Washington, DC – have been waging a campaign against energy development all across the country, including right here in Texas. Their tool of choice has been legally questionable local ordinances that ban oil and gas development, which the groups deceptively sell as “local control.” When the city is sued, it’s local taxpayers – not the deep-pocketed activist groups – who have to foot the bill. By preventing local bans, HB 40 means these activist groups will have to take their costly political campaign elsewhere.