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Colorado Supreme Court Strips the Constitutional Right To Enact Local Fracking Bans

May 2, 2016 • Earthworks and partners
Denver, CO – Today, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down the rights of Coloradans to protect their health, safety and wellbeing from fracking through the use of local bans. The justices denied residents their “right of enjoying and defending their lives and… More »
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Texas Governor signs HB40 into law, guts community rights

May 18, 2015 • Earthworks | Denton Drilling Awareness Group | Earthjustice | Natural Resources Defense Council

Austin, TX - Today Texas Governor Abbott signed HB 40 into law. Written by former ExxonMobil lawyer Shannon Ratliff, the statute forces every Texas municipality wanting common sense limits on oil and gas development to demonstrate its rules are “commercially reasonable”. It effectively overturns a Denton ballot initiative banning fracking that passed last November.

“HB 40 was written by the oil and gas industry, for the oil and gas industry, to prevent voters from holding the oil and gas industry accountable for its impacts,” said Earthworks’ Texas organizer Sharon Wilson. Wilson, who played a key role in the Denton ballot initiative, continued, “It was the oil and gas industry’s contempt for impacted residents that pushed Denton voters to ban fracking in the first place. And now the oil and gas industry, through state lawmakers, has doubled down by showing every city in Texas that same contempt.”


Letter of Support: Protect our Public Lands Act of 2015 (POPLA)

April 22, 2015 • Earthworks
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Texas communities travel to Austin to tell legislators: Put private property rights before the oil and gas industry

March 2, 2015 • Earthworks

Denton/Fort Worth/Austin, Mar 2nd - Today dozens of citizens from fracking-threatened communities in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, College Station and San Antonio areas are getting on a bus to Austin to protect Texans’ homes and property by urging state legislators to vote down bills that threaten cities’ long standing authority to regulate oil and gas development within their boundaries

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Big change in a New York minute

December 18, 2014 • Nadia Steinzor

When it comes to statements on fracking by elected officials, my motto is usually “stunning but not surprising.” Yesterday, that was replaced by “surprising and stunningly amazing”—thanks to New York Governor Cuomo’s decision to prohibit shale gas drilling in the state. 

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New York State to Prohibit Fracking

December 17, 2014 • Earthworks et. al.

Today New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens, and Department of Health Commissioner (DOH) Howard Zucker announced that the state of New York would prohibit high-volume horizontal fracturing of shale after announcing the results of a state-commissioned scientific review of the health impacts of oil and gas development.

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Groups Move to Intervene in Defense of Denton Fracking Ban

December 4, 2014 • Earthworks et. al.

Denton, TX, Dec. 4 -- The Denton Drilling Awareness Group (DAG) and Earthworks today filed intervention papers in two lawsuits seeking to overturn the Denton, Texas ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that went into effect on Tuesday, December 2. DAG’s Frack Free Denton campaign, with Earthworks’ help, successfully secured passage of a ballot initiative making Denton the first Texas city to ban fracking. The groups are represented by the Texas local government law firm Brown & Hofmeister, and attorneys from national environmental organizations, Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council, are seeking court permission to participate as co-counsel.

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Meaning of fracking ban victory in Denton, Texas

November 5, 2014 • Earthworks

"The passage of a fracking ban in Denton Texas is first and foremost a victory for Denton residents. It’s a victory for their families’ health, for their economy, and for their future.

But it’s also a victory for communities across the country.