Group opposes overregulating gas ordinances

March 20, 2015

By Kim McCaslin Schlieker

Citizens for Mansfield is a group of local residents, landowners, business owners and mineral owners who believe that excessive and unnecessary gas drilling regulations would hurt Mansfield and threaten our private property rights. Citizens for Mansfield is a different group with a different perspective than the Mansfield Gas Well Awareness group.

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Bills to preempt fracking bans moving in Austin

March 19, 2015

By James Quintero

Nanny-state rules and regulations are beginning to sprout up in towns and communities across the Lone Star State.

Local attempts to micromanage people’s daily lives run the gamut from prohibiting the use of single-use plastic bags to infringing on private property owners’ ability to trim trees on their land to controlling how and where people can use ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Interestingly, most of these local restrictions are being defended on the grounds of “local control.” But where this line of reasoning gets it wrong is that it presumes local control ought to be the goal of policy making.

Local control is a means to an end. To the extent that it can achieve or secure people’s natural rights to life, liberty and property, then it is to be commended. It is improper, however, to suggest that local control should be used as a kind of shield with which to infringe upon people’s liberties.

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Wednesday letters: Texas' Natural Gas

March 17, 2015

By Nathan Wesely, president, West GulfMaritime Association, Houston

Regarding "Oil prices may hurt LNG exports" (Page D1, Thursday), declining oil prices mean Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports are even more critical to maintaining America's energy renaissance. Global demand for U.S. natural gas remains strong and these projects will provide long-term certainty for investment and jobs across the energy and port industries.

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Liberty trumps local control

March 12, 2015

By State Rep. Matt Rinaldi

Just before his inauguration, Gov. Greg Abbott warned: "Texas is being Californianized, and you may not even be noticing it. It’s being done at the city level with bag bans, fracking bans, tree-cutting bans. We’re forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the Texas model."

Responding to Abbott’s call, I filed House Bill 1939 to repeal bag bans and surcharges like those enacted by Dallas and Austin, which erode consumer choice and the rights of business owners. Other bills filed in the Legislature this session seek to undo city ordinances that allow red-light cameras, restrict landlords’ ability to choose tenants or infringe on religious freedom.

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2014 Texas oil and gas taxes and royalties hit $15.7 billion

March 5, 2015

By Todd Staples

The oil and gas industry’s economic impact on Texas has reached historic levels.

In 2014, Texas oil and natural gas delivered a record $15.7 billion in state and local taxes and royalties, the highest such collection from the oil and gas industry in Texas history.

Beyond its iconic imagery, the oil and gas industry has a long and continuing legacy of providing billions of dollars in tax revenue each year that directly funds our schools, roads, first responders, essential public services and more.

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Frack bans are big government in action

February 27, 2015

By State Representative Phil King

We’ve heard a lot about hydraulic fracking in North Texas, especially after Denton banned the process. As many legal experts attest, that ban runs afoul of state law and puts local taxpayers on the hook for legal bills as the city defends itself in court.

But there’s a more fundamental problem with local fracking bans. They threaten something all Texans cherish: private property rights.

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Superintendent questions; need NAS explanation; Denton fracking ban

Frack Free Denton’s Adam Briggle and Denton Kevin Councilman Roden made a series of odd claims in their recent op-ed (“Rep. King should bow to local control,” Feb. 22) that undermined their argument.

They said when drilling slows, it has “detrimental economic impacts.” Yet both supported Denton’s fracking ban, which prevents drilling. Briggle has even traveled to Louisiana to encourage others to ban drilling.

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Letters to the editor, Wednesday, Feb. 25

Eric Mach | Denton Record Chronicle

February 25, 2015

Shun Al Gore cult

When one reads the letters from the progressive parrots, you can tell that they are elated about the prospect of damaging the city’s economy.

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