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Foes of fracking losing legal and political momentum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 DENVER — After scoring a statewide ban last year on hydraulic fracturing in New York, anti-fracking activists talked excitedly about following up in a major fossil fuel-producing state — Colorado, maybe, or California. Instead, the next state to prohibit the use of fracking in oil and gas extraction — on a temporary basis — was Maryland, which, like New York, is a deep-blue state with no hydraulic fracturing activity. Critics quickly dismissed the two-year moratorium as purely symbolic.

EPA Water Study Quiz

Monday, June 22, 2015

Last week, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited draft report on the effects associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water, completing the most extensive scientific review of published data to date. How much do you know about the study? Play our "EPA Water Study Quiz" to find out!

11 Things “Ban Fracking” Activists Don’t Want You to Know about the EPA Report on Fracking and Groundwater

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The EPA recently published an extensive, years-long study about the impact of fracking on America's water supply. Much to the dismay of fracktivists, the study found that there is no evidence that there is any widespread impact on drinking water. Here's 11 Things Fracktivists Don’t Want You to Know about the EPA Report on Fracking and Groundwater:

Weekly Roundup 6/15

Monday, June 15, 2015

This past week, North Texans for Natural Gas launched FrackFeed - a website that seeks to entertain and educate visitors from around the country about fracking and natural gas. Here's what the media has been saying:

INFOGRAPHIC: Denton’s Fracking Ban is the Most Expensive Ban in America

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A handful of cities across the country have implemented illegal fracking bans, forcing local taxpayers to foot the bill to defend the bans in court. But which fracking ban has been the most expensive? The one in Denton, Texas, which has cost taxpayers over $1 million.

New law on drilling actually allows for more local control

Thursday, June 04, 2015

New law on drilling actually allows for more local control | By: Ed Ireland, Executive Director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | June 3, 2015 To hear it from a vocal minority of drilling opponents, House Bill 40, the recently enacted law that clarifies energy regulation in Texas, is “big government” taking away “local control” from cities.

EPA Finds Fracking Is Not a Major Threat to Drinking Water

Thursday, June 04, 2015

On June 4, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a major draft report on fracking that assessed whether the process posed a risk to groundwater.

Leigh Thompson: Denton needs to respect Texas law

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Denton needs to respect Texas law | By: Leigh Thompson, Dallas Morning News | May 27, 2015 The Texas Legislature has spoken: Fracking bans are out. Where does this leave Denton, the city with the most aggressive antifracking regulation, and other Texas municipalities utilizing or exploring oppressive oil and gas regulations?

Denton Mayor: Drilling Ordinance Is Based More on ‘Aesthetics’ than Health or Safety

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The mayor of a North Texas city that banned fracking says a key part of the city’s drilling ordinance was not based on health or safety concerns, contradicting what he and other local officials have used to defend those rules. The comments also raise additional questions about the legality of the ordinance under state law.

Denton Taxpayers Deserve to Know Cost of Fracking Ban

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Taxpayers Deserve to Know Cost | By: Denton Resident Phillip Sweet, Denton Record-Chronicle | May 20, 2015 The 2015 Notice of Appraised Value from the Denton Central Appraisal District just arrived. Our house appraised tax keeps increasing year after year. How can Denton keep expenses under control? How much is Denton’s fracking ban actually costing us?

Letter to the Editor: Voice of Reason

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Voice of Reason | Texas Royalty Council President Tricia Davis, Denton Record-Chronicle | May 19, 2015 When elected officials make policy decisions after careful consideration and sound reasoning, it’s discouraging to see them harshly criticized with misinformed and unfair attacks, like we’re seeing happen with Rep. Myra Crownover.

Ed Ireland: Taxpayers foot the bill on fracking bans

Friday, May 15, 2015

Denton’s ban on hydraulic fracturing has been in the news quite a bit recently, but there’s an issue that has been lost in much of that debate: taxes.

Scientists: Fracking Is Not Causing North Texas Earthquakes

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Scientists: Fracking Is Not Causing Earthquakes | By: Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller News Foundation | May 6, 2015 Earthquakes are on the rise in Oklahoma and Texas, and media reports have made sure to link hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations to quakes rocking parts of the country. But connecting fracking to earthquakes is frustrating scientists working on the issue. “We’re not talking at all about fracking,” Dr. Matthew Hornback, a scientist at Southern Methodist University who recently released a study on quakes in North Texas, told Congress Tuesday.

SMU: It’s Wrong to Blame Fracking for North Texas Earthquakes

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Scientists from Southern Methodist University (SMU) say it’s “driving us crazy” that the press wrongly blames fracking for North Texas earthquakes. SMU’s research has focused on wastewater disposal. “We’re not talking at all about fracking,” they added.

25 Things you didn't know were made with Natural Gas

Friday, May 01, 2015

It’s no secret that there’s a political campaign underway in the United States to ban fracking, a technology that has unlocked enormous supplies of natural gas. Critics claim that we can stop using natural gas, and instead rely on wind and solar. There are big problems with that, but it also ignores a pretty important fact: there are tons of products in our everyday lives that are made from natural gas. As it turns out, natural gas is an important building block for manufacturing, allowing the creation of everything from plastics to medicine. Here are 25 of those products.

Eugene Is a North Texan for Natural Gas

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Eugene, a community leader in North Texas, has a compelling story about why he supports and prefers natural gas: "Besides the fact that it's a clean product, I believe that the future of natural gas is tremendous."

U.S. Carbon Emissions Falling to Two-Decade Low Thanks In Part to Natural Gas

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

By Christopher Martin Carbon dioxide emissions will slip to the lowest since 1994 as U.S. utilities shift away from coal in favor of solar, wind and natural gas.

Five Questions about SMU’s New Azle Earthquake Study

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Today, scientists from Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas, and the U.S. Geological Survey released a new research paper in the journal Nature Communications, entitled “Causal factors for seismicity near Azle, Texas.” Through a process of elimination, the researchers concluded that “brine production combined with wastewater disposal represent the most likely cause of recent seismicity near Azle.” However, several issues in the paper raise questions about its conclusion, including potentially major flaws related to subsurface pressure.

North Texas Property Values Increase as Natural Gas Production Grows

Monday, April 20, 2015

In recent years, opponents of natural gas production in North Texas have argued that drilling reduces home values. Frack Free Denton claimed “fracking has been shown to decrease nearby residential property values” as part of its number one reason to ban fracking. Mansfield Gas Well Awareness states on its home page that drilling in Mansfield “is a threat” to property values. Earthworks and the activist website EcoWatch have also said fracking decreases property values.

Environment Texas Wants to Ban Drilling with “Local Control”

Monday, April 13, 2015

The anti-energy group Environment Texas (ET) recently unveiled a letter to Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Troy Fraser and Representative Drew Darby, which makes a series of misleading and erroneous claims about two bills under consideration in Austin - HB 40 and SB 1165 - and the facts surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Neeley: Don’t let local control undermine the Texas model

Monday, April 06, 2015

Texas has always been fiercely protective of its prerogatives as a state. From challenging federal regulatory overreach in court to maintaining our own electric grid, we are willing to go to great lengths to ensure we can chart our own political destiny.