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How the Denton Fracking Ban Could Work

By Alex Dropkin and Terrence Henry Come elections in November, the city of Denton could be split between two very different futures. The Denton Drilling Awareness Group (DAG) got enough signatures on a petition this year to place an ordinance banning fracking within city limits on local ballots this fall. Though other communities in Texas have passed restrictions on fracking, a […]

What is the Eagle Ford Shale?

What is the Eagle Ford Shale? The Eagle Ford Shale is a South Texas geological formation with a large amount of oil and natural gas. It’s about 50 miles wide, 400 miles long, on average 250 feet thick and buried between 4,000 and 12,000 feet below the surface of the Earth, reaching from the Mexican […]

How Do Disposal Wells Work?

What is a Disposal Injection Well? Injection wells are vertical pipes drilled into deep layers of rock. Drilling companies use the wells to dispose of wastewater produced as a result of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The wells utilize the earth’s soil and bedrock to filter and treat the contaminated water, which is then spread across […]

How Oil and Gas Disposal Wells Can Cause Earthquakes

Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes? Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” (a drilling process that injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into a well, cracking the rock and to release natural gas and oil) has only been known to rarely cause earthquakes. But the disposal of drilling wastewater used in fracking has now […]

A hydraulic fracturing rig in the Barnett Shale.

How Does Hydraulic Fracturing (“Fracking”) Work?

Want to learn more and get updates on this story? Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a drilling process by which natural gas and oil are mined from the earth. Manufacturers use hydraulic fracturing to stimulate wells and recover gas from sources such as coal beds and shale gas formations underground. The process requires […]


Denton Voted To Ban Fracking. So Now What?

This week Denton, Texas became the first city in the state to ban fracking within its city limits. The ban passed with nearly 59 percent of the vote. Many in Denton worry about how fracking and associated activities impact their health and quality of life.  But opponents say the ban is bad for the economy. The drilling industry, which […]

Energy Secretary Moniz Comments On Proposed Denton Fracking Ban (Sort Of)

It’s not every day that you get to talk to the US Secretary of Energy about how the oil and gas boom affected your hometown. So, when Alyssa Wolverton saw her chance, she took it. After delivering the keynote speech at this year’s SXSW Eco conference, Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz took some questions from […]

Environmental Group Says Illegal Diesel Fracking Used in Texas

An environmental group says it’s found over a hundred oil or gas wells being drilled in Texas using techniques that the group says are illegal. At issue is “fracking” which injects huge quantities of water and chemicals deep underground. Fracking is what’s revolutionized drilling in Texas. The technique uses all sorts of chemicals including acids […]

In Big Bend, Battle Looms on Fracking Along the Border

From Marfa Public Radio: The Big Bend of Texas, so named for the way the region hugs a massive bend in the Rio Grande, is renown for its desert landscapes, open spaces and tranquility. But parts of it lie within the oil-rich Permian Basin, the nation’s highest producing oil field thanks in large measure to fracking technology. And now, Mexico […]

Who’s Behind Denton’s Fracking Ban? Head Texas Regulator Thinks It Could Be Russia

Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News The Denton City Council listened to seven hours of public testimonies from more than 100 people. After collecting thousands of signatures from local residents, a proposal to ban the oil and gas production technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the city of Denton will end up before voters this […]

Denton City Council To Vote On Fracking Ban Tuesday

From KERA News:  The city of Denton could take another step Tuesday toward becoming the only Texas city to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The city of Denton sits above the Barnett Shale, one of the country’s largest natural gas fields. There are already nearly 300 active gas wells. But concerned citizens filed a […]

Big Bend Area Residents call for Local Fracking Ban

From KRTS Marfa:  Some West Texas residents are starting to put pressure on local officials to keep hydraulic fracturing out of the Big Bend region. Fracking is of course widespread in the Midland-Odessa region, but there are active gas leases in counties further south toward the border, and some are worried the industry might be edging ever-closer […]

Judge Approves Three Million Dollar Verdict in Fracking Lawsuit

A Texas family claiming emissions from gas drilling made them sick is one step closer to collecting a $3 million jury award against the drilling company, Aruba Petroleum. When the Parr family of Wise County won their case, it was called the first successful “fracking lawsuit” in the county. Aruba asked Dallas County Judge Mark […]

Denton Petition to Ban Fracking Filed, Likely on the Ballot in November

Nearly as many people signed a petition to outlaw fracking within the city limits of Denton as voted in the last municipal election. Denton’s Drilling Awareness Group (DAG) will formally file its petition with the City Secretary this afternoon. The petition has 1,871 signatures, though just 596 (25 percent of the last election’s 2,385 votes) […]