Fracking ban exceeds signature requirement to get on november ballot
In face of city govt opposition, group continues signature drive at local events
Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks
March 14, 2014
Denton, TX (Mar 14) – Frack Free Denton today announced they have gathered substantially more than the required signatures to put their fracking ban initiative on the November ballot. Denton City charter requires signatures equal to 25% of votes cast in the most recent general election for an initiative to get on the ballot.
Denton Drilling Awareness Group (DAG), which was formed by members of the city’s Drilling Advisory Group after their recommendations were largely ignored by the city, launched Frack Free Denton, the fracking ban signature drive on February 20, 2014.
Denton city government, which supports fracking-enabled oil and gas development within city limits, has a track record of ignoring its citizens and giving industry a free rein. Decisions are made in closed sessions without citizen input.
“Our city government is clearly more interested in protecting the fracking industry than its citizens,” said Cathy McMullen, DAG president. She continued, “That’s why we need to gather as many signatures as possible, to show they’ll pay a political price if they try to thwart their constituents’ wishes.”
Yesterday, DAG released a short video (http://bit.ly/FFD-econ-video) demonstrating that Denton citizens are forced to weather the health and safety impacts of fracking-enabled oil and gas development without benefitting economically.
“As far as I know, fracking companies can’t vote. It makes one wonder why the city is prioritizing fracking over Denton’s public health, especially since Denton residents aren’t really economically benefiting from fracking,“ said McMullen.
Upcoming fracking ban ballot initiative signature gathering events include:
Saturday, March 15
2302 Jacqueline Dr
Denton, TX 76205
Saturday March 29
North Branch Library
3020 N. Locust
Denton, TX 76209
Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 PM
The first Denton showing of Josh Fox’s Gasland 2
Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial Street.
MORE INFO about events and the fracking ban initiative at: http://frackfreedenton.com