DENTON, Texas (AP) - A North Texas city that sits on top of the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S., could become the first place in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing.
A temporary ban is in place until September, but fracking opponents want to make that permanent through an ordinance that would prohibit the practice in Denton.
The city council will have 60 days to hold a public hearing and to vote on a measure expected to be submitted Wednesday.
The fracking process involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals into deep rock formations to free oil and gas.
The process has led to major economic benefits but also to fears that the chemicals could spread to water supplies and worsen air quality.
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