Texas Governor bans Texan cities and towns from banning fracking

May 20, 2015 by  
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Fracking has been banned in by a significant number of nations, as well as by U.S. states and cities; hydraulic fracturing is a no-go in—among others— Tasmania , Scotland , New York State , at least three towns in Colorado and in, of all places, Beverly Hills . These bans have been largely supported by the populous as well as the government, but when the birthplace of fracking —Denton, Texas—voted to ban fracking last November, things got a bit awkward. From oil to natural gas, the Texan economy is heavily dependent on fossil fuels—and the pressure was high on lawmakers to stop other towns from following Denton’s lead. And so, on Monday, May 18, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that prohibits individual towns and cities from banning fracking, stating: “This law ensures that Texas avoids a patchwork quilt of regulations that differ from region to region, differ from county to county or city to city.” Undoubtedly, the law also keeps lobbyists and energy-centric donors thoroughly content. What this means for Denton is still unclear. Via Reuters Image via UKberri.net on Flickr Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: denton texas , fracking bans , Fracking Environment , Greg Abbott , hydraulic fracturing , natural gas , texas energy , texas fossil fuels , texas fracking

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Texas Getting Barbecued, While Rick Perry Doubles Down On Climate Denial

October 2, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Flickr , M. Karshis Where I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania garden vegetables lie unharvested, rotting in the mud. Lancaster farmers will be hard pressed to harvest their corn and uncovered firewood piles are ornamented with white fungus. We have it good compared to Texas, though. Farmers and wildlife in the Lone Star State face a bleak future brought on by sustained, extreme drought. Texas Governor Rick Perry is more focused on fanning the flames of climate denial than addressing the loss and misery. No matter that the shadow of extreme drought roughly outl… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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