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New bill would protect 221,000 kids’ health & education

March 9, 2017 • Earthworks

Today, Representative Terry Canales (D-40th) introduced HB3403, the “Protect Our Children Act” to grant municipalities the power to govern oil and gas operations within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare. In 2015, HB40 effectively removed municipalities’ power to govern the oil and gas industry within their boundaries in favor of the state Railroad Commission and Texas Council on Environmental Quality.

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Texas Governor signs HB40 into law, guts community rights

May 18, 2015 • Earthworks | Denton Drilling Awareness Group | Earthjustice | Natural Resources Defense Council

Austin, TX - Today Texas Governor Abbott signed HB 40 into law. Written by former ExxonMobil lawyer Shannon Ratliff, the statute forces every Texas municipality wanting common sense limits on oil and gas development to demonstrate its rules are “commercially reasonable”. It effectively overturns a Denton ballot initiative banning fracking that passed last November.

“HB 40 was written by the oil and gas industry, for the oil and gas industry, to prevent voters from holding the oil and gas industry accountable for its impacts,” said Earthworks’ Texas organizer Sharon Wilson. Wilson, who played a key role in the Denton ballot initiative, continued, “It was the oil and gas industry’s contempt for impacted residents that pushed Denton voters to ban fracking in the first place. And now the oil and gas industry, through state lawmakers, has doubled down by showing every city in Texas that same contempt.”


CSHB 40 is too risky for Texans’ health and safety

April 14, 2015 • Earthworks, et al

Testimony re Texas HB40

March 23, 2015 • Sharon Wilson

Earthworks opposition to bill to replace municipal authority to regulate oil and gas development with Railroad Commission

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