Industry Organization Drops Denton Fracking Suit

The Texas Oil and Gas Association’s lawsuit against the City of Denton’s fracking ban was dismissed by a Texas court earlier this week. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “City officials and the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Thursday that state District Judge Sherry Shipman had signed an agreed order Sept. 4 to dismiss the suit.”  The decision follows the approval of House Bill 40, a bill that asserted the primacy of state interest in drilling issues and invalidated Denton’s ban.  Following the passage of HB 40, the City of Denton was forced to repeal its fracking ban.