Texas to Texans: Shut Up and Take It
by Buck Quigley - posted 12:16 pm, May 19, 2015
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, front center, signs a fracking bill into law at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, Monday, May 18, 2015. 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. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
What happens when energy companies own a state legislature? You get new laws like the one just passed in Texas that prohibits municipalities from instituting bans on high-volume horizontal fracking. The law reverses a ban adopted by the city of Denton, TX in November.
This comes just weeks after a study by the University of Texas at Austin showed that the majority of Americans are in favor of municipalities having the right to ban fracking.
And hats off to the city of Waco, TX! They’ve now enjoyed two days without a bloody melee. They’d managed 22 years since the Branch Davidian Siege, where 76 people died.