New State Laws Aimed at Preventing Local Bans on Fracking
Over the past decade, new technologies have fueled an oil and gas boom in the U.S., but hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has triggered a backlash in some cities and towns. In November 2014, Denton, Texas banned fracking within its city limits. But this spring, the state passed a law that prevents local communities from banning fracking. And now, Oklahoma has passed a similar law, which the governor could sign today. Supporters of these laws say they ensure landowners aren’t deprived of their property rights. Critics argue they take away a community’s right to protect the health and safety of its citizens. We look at both sides of the debate over state laws that outlaw local bans on fracking.
Amy Mall policy analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council
A.J. Ferate vice president of regulatory affairs, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
Hannah Wiseman professor, Florida State University College of Law
Joe Wertz multi-platform reporter, StateImpact Oklahoma