Texas Prohibits Local Fracking Bans

Daily News Article - May 20, 2015

Questions

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1. What caused Texas (and Oklahoma) lawmakers to propose bills prohibiting local fracking bans?

2. What does the Texas law do? Be specific.

3. In what other states have similar efforts appeared?

4. For what reason did state senator Troy Fraser author the Texas bill?

5. Who opposes the Texas law? For what reasons do they oppose it?

6. What other actions are state governments taking to keep fracking legal?

7. Supporters of drilling say that local limits are driven by environmental ideology, not practical problems, and deprive landowners of their rights.
a) Do you think state law should override local ordinances in deciding this issue? Explain your answer.
b) How should local/state officials balance addressing homeowners’ complaints/concerns over noise/disturbance from fracking with other landowners rights to their land? Explain your answer.

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