Letters to the Editor

A costly vote

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.

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

Energy, Dallas