Texas now outlaws local municipalities from passing bans on hydraulic fracturing. The bill proposing the law sailed through the Texas Legislature by large majorities and was signed by Governor Gregg Abbott on Monday, May 18, 2015. The law prohibits cities and towns from imposing local ordinances preventing “fracking” activities.
The bill, known as House Bill 40 (HB40), passed the Texas Senate earlier this month by a 24 – 7 vote, after previously passing the Texas House of Representative by wide margin. The new law stems from a fracking ban passed by the north Texas town of Denton last November. Denton’s November 2014 ballot proposal to ban oil and gas fracking was supported by 59% of Denton voters.
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