Quiet for now, but potential storms brewing in Texas fracking battles

Though a new Yale University study vindicates hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from responsibility for groundwater contamination, it’s not likely to quell controversy over the practice. And despite the state of Texas’ legal defeat of a Denton fracking ban, any current quiet over the issue is no sign of acquiescence.

Understanding the upcoming storm first involves understanding the deconstruction of Denton’s fracking ban.

In November 2014, the north Texas college town made headlines with passage of its first-in-the-state fracking ban. The city faced immediate legal challenges as the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Oil and Gas Association both filed lawsuits.

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