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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Texas bans fracking bans

The government that governs least, governs best. Thus the Texas Legislature passed and Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that bans municipalities in that state from banning hydraulic fracture wells.

I applaud the move. Just as the state constitution limits the state government, so should the state limit its political subdivisions. From NBC:
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a prohibition on cities and towns imposing local ordinances preventing fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas activities.
The much-watched measure sailed through the GOP-controlled state Legislature after voters in Denton, a university town near Dallas, banned hydraulic fracturing locally in November.
Backed by oil and gas concerns, the new law limits not only the Denton ban but other actions communities could take limiting energy industry activities.
Abbott said Monday he was protecting private property rights from the "heavy hand of local regulation."
Potentially environmentally harmful?

The report drips with liberal bilge.

1 comment:

  1. I would have handled it differently. Instead of banning the banning of fracking, I would have required that any jurisdiction that banned fracking would be required to certify that their gas in the jurisdiction is 100% free of cracked gas. That would require them to buy gas at a much higher price, thus killing their local industry and making all homeowners miserable.