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Texas Governor Signs Law Preempting Local Fracking Regulations

Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 11:34 AM EDT) -- AUSTIN, Texas —Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18 signed a bill that preempts regulation of hydraulic fracturing at the city level, overriding the fracking ban that was passed last year in a referendum that was approved in the City of Denton.

Property Rights

In a statement on his Twitter account, Abbott said that he signed HB 40 “to protect private property rights, preserve local control and ensure oil and gas regs are even-handed.”

The law expressly states that regulation of oil and gas activity is...
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