Within days of passing its ban on fracking, Denton, Texas became the target of lawsuits from Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office. This is in addition to speculation that members of the Texas Legislature could also have plans in the works to create uniform state-wide fracking regulation.
From The Dallas Morning News:
Both lawsuits filed Wednesday argued that the ban was illegal under Texas law, which gives authority to the state not only to regulate the oil and gas industry but also to ensure resources are fully exploited.
“No locality has the power to say this activity is not going to take place within our limits,” said Tom Phillips, an attorney representing the oil and gas association and a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.
The fracking ban is set to take effect on December 2.