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Historic Fracking Ban Passes in Heart of “Frack Country”, USA

Denton, Texas was one of the first counties in the US to experience fracking. After nearly two decades of fracking throughout the community, citizens are vigorously pursuing a ban on further drilling.


Haliburton began developing the technology of hydraulic fracturing in the suburbs of Texas during the mid-1990's. Denton, Texas was one of the first towns to experience this practice.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Historic Fracking Ban Passes in Heart of “Frack Country”, USA
Country:United States of America
State or province:Texas
Location of conflict:Denton
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Shale gas fracking
Specific commodities:Natural Gas
Project Details and Actors
Project details

There are over 250 fracking wells within the city limits.

Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:123,000
Company names or state enterprises:Halliburton from United States of America
Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) from United States of America - Suing the town of Denton
Relevant government actors:Denton County 16th District Court
Texas General Land Office
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Frack Free Denton
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Series (TEJAS)
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageUnknown
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Referendum other local consultations
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Global warming, Noise pollution, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Other Health impactsNeurotoxin exposure, blindness, skin disease.
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (failure for environmental justice)
Court decision (undecided)
New legislation
a ban that was later overturned
Proposal and development of alternatives:The ban is currently being defended in court. State and national legislatures are receiving petitions to protect the ban.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Whether or not the ban will be overturned will depend on the upcoming court ruling.
Sources & Materials

Frack Free Denton
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Denton Councilman Kevin Roden discusses the citizen's movement for the fracking ban.
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Contributor:Eleanor Finley, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:1814
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