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Local Ban Nullified By State, Fracking Resumes In Denton

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DENTON — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed, a day after Gov. Greg Abbott signed those limits into law, that it will frack new wells in the city.

According to documents obtained through an open records request, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports Vantage Energy notified the city early Tuesday of its plans to begin fracking on Denton’s west side, beginning next Wednesday.

Denton Mayor Chris Watts says the city won’t seek a court order to block the fracking since the new law Abbott signed Monday afternoon likely would stymie an efforts to block Vantage plans to finish its gas wells.

A call and email to a Vantage energy spokeswoman by The Associated Press weren’t returned.