Denton voters just plunged their city into a costly legal mess. By voting to ban fracking, they’ve triggered a wave of lawsuits against the city.
This ban unlawfully prevents the state’s General Land Office from selling the mineral rights to state-owned territories. That agency has already filed suit.
The Texas Oil and Gas Association is also pursuing litigation.
And there looks to be a third lawsuit coming from the Texas Railroad Commission.
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This avalanche of litigation will cost Denton taxpayers dearly. Combined, three small towns in Colorado have already racked up nearly $200,000 in legal fees defending their fracking bans. One can only imagine what Denton’s bill will total.
Denton’s fracking ban is a costly mistake. Its only value will be in showing other Texas communities what not to do.
— Chris Faulkner,
President and CEO, Breitling