Texas Town Known as ‘The Birthplace of Fracking’ Passes Ban on Controversial Process Loved by Big Oil

denton-frackingDespite all the bad news coming from election night, there was some good news for liberals or pretty much anyone who wants to protect the environment. Voters in Denton, Texas, the place where fracking was invented, voted to ban the process that many claim is extremely harmful to the environment.

Over 25K votes were cast, with 58 percent of citizens favoring the ban on fracking in Denton – even though pro-fracking groups outspent anti-fracking groups 10 to 1.

It baffles me that there’s even a “debate” on fracking. The evidence against it is overwhelming.

There have been numerous accounts where people have been able to set their drinking water on fire and drastic increases in earthquake activity in and around areas where fracking is taking place. Common sense would dictate that evidence such as that pretty much proves that this process favored by big oil companies isn’t a safe method for extracting oil or natural gas.

Of course, big oil disagrees with the facts and evidence.

“It’s essentially a ban on all drilling,” said Ed Ireland, executive director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council. “No one would try to drill a well if they can’t frack it, and that will unleash a torrent of lawsuits.”

In other words, oil companies found a cheaper new way to get oil and natural gas and they don’t care if it screws up the planet. What this ban does is prevent them from using this cheaper, yet far more dangerous, method of extraction – and they don’t like that one bit.

This is my argument against these foolish climate change deniers. The oil industry is probably one of – if not the – most corrupt industries on the planet. All over the world they spend countless sums of money to discredit anything that says fossil fuels are dangerous and harming the planet. If the world suddenly woke up tomorrow and said, “No more fossil fuels, we want solar and wind energy,” big oil would lose hundreds of billions of dollars.

But, hey, fracking is safe, right? Just ask Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson. He had no problem with fracking rigs being set up near his home in Bartonville, Texas, which is a town fairly close to Denton.

Oh, wait, yes he did. In fact, he joined a lawsuit earlier this year to keep fracking away from his neighborhood.

The best creative writers in the world couldn’t write better hypocrisy and irony than that.

Let’s just hope this is the first victory of many for the anti-fracking movement. It’s clear that despite all the propaganda coming from big oil, fracking is dangerous and shouldn’t be legal – especially in close proximity to where people live.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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