The East and West Coast Converge on Denton

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 19, 2015

The term “you flew here, we grew here” took on a whole new meaning this week in the City of Denton. 

Three national environmental groups finally stepped out from behind their east and west coast curtains, petitioning a Texas court to allow them to intervene in litigation – brought by the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) and the state’s General Land Office (GLO) – that challenges the city’s new fracking ban.  As reported in by the Daily Kos:

“Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks are leading the intervention charge, represented by attorneys from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Earthjustice.”

Earthworks is based in Washington D.C., Earthjustice in San Francisco and the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City. The deep involvement of out-of-town anti-fracking groups in Denton – once mocked by local supporters of the ban as “industry misinformation” – is now as clear as natural gas.

Motions of non-resident attorney were also filed in the District Court of Denton County for two New York City-based attorneys to provide legal support. 

While temporarily traveling between the east and west coast to Texas can be expensive and tiring, representatives from these organizations can rest assured that the benefits of fracking will help ease some of their pain.  They’ll enjoy more affordable airfare and rental car expenses thanks to lower fuel costs. They’ll likely stay in hotels powered by natural gas. And for all the inevitable paperwork and court filings, they’ll use printers and copiers made with plastic from natural gas.

Documents related to these filings can be found at