De facto fracking ban in Dallas

by TXsharon on December 11, 2013

in Dallas

Today Dallas City Council passed a restrictive drilling ordinance that will make it difficult and undesirable for operators to frack in Dallas.



I’m sure there will be lots of news tomorrow and I will update with some links.

Well done all.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathy McMullen December 12, 2013 at 1:23 am

Congratulation Dallas you are building your future the right way with great parks, museums, improved farmers market, and revitalized downtown. Unlike other cities in North Texas who have chosen to listen to the empty promised and false expectations of the drilling industry you will have a sustainable tax base, improved property values, and a better quality of life for your residents.


Sherrie December 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Congratulations, Cathy,for Congratulating Dallas ! So many of us here in New York feeI exactIy the same way- Athough,reaIIy it shouId be Pres 0bama,, we’ve been petitioning NY Governor Cuomo to ban fracking in NY It’s scary, but we know darn weII the IikeIihood is that he’II go where business [$$] interests Iie This is a nightmare- I have been Iearning about the toxicity of chems used in the fracking operstions 0ne of the sites that has the “top 10″ cnciseIy in 1 pIace is The depraved indifference of the oiI industry wiII not cease to shock me!


Tim Ruggiero December 12, 2013 at 2:00 am

It’s truly amazing what a small group of determined people accomplished. Trinity East, having spent who knows how many millions, and a handful of concerned people who invested mostly their time went head to head, and the Arrogant Industry, Whores in tow, went home empty handed. Energy In Depth is nearly speechless, merely uttering a weak Tweet that Dallas residents weren’t given all the ‘facts’. It’s probably too late for Denton, certainly Fort Worth, Dish and Decatur and a few places in between, but Dallas made the right move.


Alberta Neighbor December 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Excellent news! I guess Homeland can take Dallas residents off their list now, nothing to “watch” there, except as Cathy so aptly put it … “a sustainable tax base, improved property values, and a better quality of life for your residents.”

Perfectly peaceful. Good job Dallas!


Nick December 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Can you tell me if the ban is based only on surface distance from “protected” areas? If so, expect longer laterals (2 miles+) coming from further away, requiring bigger frac jobs.


TXsharon December 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

That sounds like a threat, Nick. If you want to know the basis for the ban, ask Ed Ireland. He is the one who said it first.


Nick December 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Actually, I think it’s probably more of the closing the gate after the livestock are out…It looks like the HZ drilling in Dallas may have been completed awhile back BUT, if there are locations that can be placed, they will extend the lateral length at least to 2 miles,


Coughingthroughtears December 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

This is wonderful news! Way to go, Dallas. You’re a rare town who cares about your citizens.


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