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There’s been an uptick in early voting in Denton, as much as 6,000 compared to the last mid-term election, and many say it’s because of a proposal to ban fracking within city limits. The city that sits on top of 500 square miles of valuable gas reserves could become the first Texas town to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.

Drillers, But Not Fracking, Tied to Tainted Water, Study Shows

Sep 15, 2014
Paul Moseley / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Oil and gas activities – but not hydraulic fracturing – tainted drinking water wells atop North Texas’ Barnett Shale and Pennsylvania’s Marcellus formation, according to a new study. 

Free Speech Case Springs From Barnett Shale Fracking Dispute

Sep 5, 2014
Cooper Neill / The Texas Tribune

Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.

Eagle Ford Sees Another Kind of Boom: Publishing

Aug 18, 2014
Spencer Selvidge / The Texas Tribune

BOERNE — This town does not sit atop South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, but inside an air-conditioned advertising agency here, four women produce a newspaper that has infiltrated that dusty drilling country.

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A citizen-led petition to ban fracking inside Denton city limits heads to voters in November after city leaders voted down the anti-fracking ban early this morning.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the verdict -- for now -- on Denton’s proposed fracking ban, meet the young mayor of Archer City, a 220-ton cyclotron will deliver proton therapy to North Texas cancer patients, and more.

A Vantage Energy natural gas rig in southwest Arlington just south of Interstate 20, Monday, December 23, 2013
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The city of Denton could take another step Tuesday toward becoming the only Texas city to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Barbara Brown is known to some of her neighbors as “The Digger.” She earned that nickname after collecting thousands of documents about oil and gas drilling, shortly after she says a swarm of minor earthquakes damaged her dream home, and those of her neighbors in Reno and Azle. 

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The Denton City Council on Tuesday voted to impose a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing until September.

But fracking opponents want to make that permanent through an ordinance that would prohibit the practice in Denton. They’ve submitted a petition that seeks a total ban.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A family gets $3 million in a fracking verdict; a dozen cattle were killed on a highway near downtown Fort Worth; a jazz ensemble performs Thursday night; and more.

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North Texas is a battleground for pro and anti-fracking camps -- especially Denton, where residents have signed a petition to ban fracking in the city. Russell Gold, author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, will speak with KERA's Krys Boyd today at noon on "Think" to talk about the process and future of fracking.

Dave Fehling / StateImpact

In some cities, behind neat brick walls and wrought iron fences, you might find rows of nice homes.

In Fort Worth, you might find a gas well.

“We’re still drilling wells. We have three sites that are actively drilling. We have 2,000 producing wells,” said Tom Edwards, a senior inspector with the City of Fort Worth’s gas drilling division.

Maria Richards, a researcher at Southern Methodist University's Geothermal Laboratory, talks with StateImpact Texas about geothermal power and why it's gotten a cold shoulder in the Lone Star state.

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The Dallas City Council has killed plans to drill for natural gas on three tracts of land in the northwest part of the city. Concerns about the drilling on park land and in the floodplain trumped worries about the city getting sued.

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The largest federally-owned wind farm is about to be built at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced today. The five-turbine project will power more than 60 percent of the plant once it is complete.

A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic, according to a team of researchers led by UT Arlington.

Fracking hasn't only boosted natural gas production in Texas, its also raised oil production in Texas to unprecedented levels. In March, Texas oil production reached its highest level since 1984.

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Republican Senator John Corona is asking Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to withdraw his support for a large natural gas compressor site off Luna Road, next to the city’s new Elm Fork Soccer Fields.

Another Texas Quake Raises Questions About 'Fracking'

Jan 23, 2013

Last night's 3.0 in Irving occurred near DFW airport where there is gas drilling activity. Recent small quakes in North Texas have led to studies about hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" and a possible connection to earthquakes.

There is plenty in the movie Promised Land that will prompt energy industry insiders to roll their eyes. But the overall issues explored in the film, which is being widely released in theaters Friday, are very real.

A process called hydraulic fracturing has led to drilling booms that are transforming rural communities into industrial zones. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," makes it possible to tap into natural gas reservoirs deep underground. But first, gas companies have to convince landowners to allow them to drill.

The Natural Gas Pitch

Dallas Police say they found drugs and guns in the South Dallas house where a foot chase began yesterday evening. It ended with the fatal shooting of a suspect by police.

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Environment Texas wants the Legislature to stop water hogs. The group says that includes gas drillers.

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Another smaller earthquake hit East Texas Sunday. After Thursday’s second earthquake near Timpson, Texas  in Shelby County - in as many weeks -  injection wells from drilling are again a suspected culprit. Reports indicate more research is needed in East Texas to reach that conclusion, but even that might not be enough.

At the first of three final briefings on recommendations from the Gas Drilling Task Force Wednesday, Dallas City Council members asked a lot of questions.

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EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz said he’s resigning effective April 30 because his continued service would distract from the agency’s important work.

Republicans targeted Armendariz last week over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe his approach to enforcement. Armendariz was videotaped in 2010 while speaking to a group of citizens concerned about the fracking technique used in natural gas production.

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The Fort Worth City Council has voted to ban wells used to dispose of water and chemicals contaminated in the gas drilling process. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports the near unanimous decision brought words of thanks from citizens.

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Fort Worth City Council members want to hear from citizens one more time before deciding what to do about gas drilling disposal wells inside the city limits. KERA’s BJ Austin says the Council’s six-year-old moratorium on disposal wells expires April 30th.

The Texas Railroad Commission has adopted the rules for disclosing what's in fracking fluid used in natural gas drilling.

Commission Chair Elizabeth Ames Jones says Tuesday's rules put into action the frac fluid disclosure bill passed during the last Legislative Session. She says it should reassure Texans.

Jones: They'll know more of what is going in the ground than they are able to find out is in a can of soda that they're drinking.

The list of fracking chemicals will be required on wells granted permits after February first.