Hundreds gathered in Norman, Oklahoma gathered to listen to a panel explain the basics of fracking and how municipalities can work to ban the practice. David Slottje with the Community Environmental Defense Council was present to explain how organizers in places like New York have instituted local fracking bans. According to StateImpact Oklahoma, “that’s when the forum got heated, with Slottje engaging with an audience member over whether Oklahoma law allows cities to ban fracking, and the role of property rights.”
Mayor Cindy Rosenthall attended the meeting, and reaffirmed that there are no official efforts to ban fracking in Norman. “I think educating ourselves about all the various issues is important,” the mayor said. “I don’t think necessarily one forum by one group gives you all the information you need, but it can’t hurt in having an informed public and an informed council,” said Rosenthall, according to NewsOK.