Fracking has been banned in by a significant number of nations, as well as by U.S. states and cities; hydraulic fracturing is a no-go in—among others—Tasmania, Scotland, New York State, at least three towns in Colorado and in, of all places, Beverly Hills. These bans have been largely supported by the populous as well as the government, but when the birthplace of fracking—Denton, Texas—voted to ban fracking last November, things got a bit awkward. From oil to natural gas, the Texan economy is heavily dependent on fossil fuels—and the pressure was high on lawmakers to stop other towns from following Denton’s lead. And so, on Monday, May 18, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that prohibits individual towns and cities from banning fracking, stating: “This law ensures that Texas avoids a patchwork quilt of regulations that differ from region to region, differ from county to county or city to city.” Undoubtedly, the law also keeps lobbyists and energy-centric donors thoroughly content. What this means for Denton is still unclear.
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