On March 24, the Texas House of Representatives’ Energy Resources Committee passed a bill that would rescind the fracking ban in Denton and other efforts by local Texas municipalities to protect themselves from the oil and gas industry. Once language in the bill is finalized, which could happen today, the legislation will make its way to the full Texas Senate for a vote.
Vantage Fort Worth Energy site in Arlington, Texas. ©2015 Julie Dermansky
Cathy McMullen, founder of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group, at a meeting in Denton, Texas. © 2014 Julie Dermansky
Sharon Wilson, Earthwork’s Gulf Regional Organizer, operating a FLIR camera in Denton, Texas. © 2014 Julie Dermansky
Lance Irwin at the location on Debbie Lane in Mansfield that Edge Resources plans to further develop. ©2015 Julie Dermansky
“Fort Worth emissions are horrible,” he told DeSmogBlog. “You cannot allow 3,000 natural gas wells to be drilled inside an inner city area and not expect it to have an environmental, economical, and physical impact. Fracking is causing more sickness. We have the highest asthma rate and the highest infant mortality rate in the state,” Tatum said.
Pastor Kyev Tatum, an anti fracking and civil rights activist next to a fracking site in Fort Worth, Texas. © 2015 Julie Dermanky
“The whole tone is very anti-city. They are against the plastic bag ordinance, the tree ordinance, anti-smoking, texting while driving ordinances, too. Nationally, it is a conservative principle to fight for local control, yet this Republican-led coalition is doing the opposite,” Roden said.
Denton Councilman Kevin Roden at a Cafe in Denton, Texas. © 2014 Julie Dermanky
The Bush family stand behind a sign supporting a fracking ban on their lawn in Denton, Texas. © 2014 Julie Dermansky
“I don’t know what exactly our next steps are going to be, but I know we are going to have a whole lot more people taking those steps with us. And most of them are going to be Republicans.”
“I don’t think Austin knows how much it has made the problem worse. There is going to be a huge political backlash. The more extreme they get the more awakened the average citizen will get and see this is crazy.”