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Fracking banned in its birthplace: Texas town votes to outlaw hydraulic fracturing

Fracking banned in its birthplace: Texas town votes to outlaw hydraulic fracturing

Voters in Denton, Texas approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on Tuesday, making the city the first in Texas to outlaw the controversial gas-extraction process.

The ban is likely to garner legal challenges, but, for now, supporters celebrating the landmark vote in a state famous for oil and gas development.

“Denton, Texas is where hydraulic fracturing was invented,” said Bruce Baizel, Earthworks energy program director, according to Reuters. “If this place in the heart of the oil and gas industry can’t live with fracking, then who can?”

Denton, a city of 123,000 people, is within the Barnett shale formation, where fracking was first developed. Polls showed the measure to ban fracking passed with 58 percent support out of the 25,376 ballots cast.

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