Study: Casing, cement at fault

Groundwater contamination near North Texas shale gas wells could be caused by a faulty casing or poor cement construction surrounding the casing, according to a new study published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Chamber: Vote no to fracking ban

The Denton Chamber of Commerce has formally recommended that its employees and members vote against a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing that will appear on the city’s Nov. 4 general election ballot.

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Driller gets waiver for wells

A Colorado energy company claimed the city of Denton’s moratorium on new gas wells has caused it hardship and received a waiver this week to drill five gas wells on land owned by a former Dallas Cowboy.

Inactive well to be plugged at TWU

After sitting unused for more than 10 years, the sole gas well at Texas Woman’s University will be plugged and capped this month.

Land commissioner weighs in on ban

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson believes Denton’s proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing would cost the children of Texas.Patterson wrote a letter to Mayor Chris Watts objecting to the ban prior...

Voters to decide ban issue

Residents will be heading to the polls in November to decide the fate of a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing in the Denton city limits.

Council expects overflow crowd at fracking hearing

Registration opened at 1 p.m. today for residents who want to address the City Council about a proposed citywide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

Issue may pack City Hall

Denton has become ground zero in Texas in the fight over hydraulic fracturing. A local and long-simmering fight over the effects of fracking on Denton neighborhoods is morphing into a statewide battleground over a city’s right to police what happens within its boundaries.

Petition seeks fracking support

Another petition is circulating in Denton, this time to support hydraulic fracturing.

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Cities eye New York fracking ruling

The top court in the state of New York affirmed the rights of cities to ban hydraulic fracturing, in a much-watched case nationwide.

Fracking foes turn to cities

Denton residents who oppose hydraulic fracturing are not alone in their attempt to ban it inside the city limits.

Water Woes: Drawn away

MONTAGUE COUNTY — Tank trucks carrying groundwater thunder by on a nearby highway as Terry Fender sheds his hat, wipes his brow and kneels to record the water level of a well bordered by cracked cement in northern Montague County.

Group seeks ban on fracking

A newly formed group of residents seeking a ban on hydraulic fracturing will begin collecting signatures this week on a petition to force a ballot initiative in Denton.

Error delays gas code hearing

Residents bailed on a public hearing Tuesday night after learning that the city would take no action on a change to the gas well development code.

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Fracking dispute erupts at City Hall

Angry residents filled the seats and lined the walls at City Hall on Tuesday night, calling again for a drilling moratorium and for EagleRidge Energy’s old permit to be revoked.

State predicts air will improve

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has predicted a dramatic drop in North Texas ozone levels over the next three years, according to a preliminary model of air quality from now through 2018. But will it happen? The agency doesn’t have a good track record with predictions.

Denton pulls suit, weighs options

Less than a week after filing suit against EagleRidge Energy, the city of Denton withdrew its petition to shut down some of the company’s operations near the intersection of Bonnie Brae Street and Vintage Boulevard.

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City of Denton sues over wells

The city of Denton filed suit Friday against EagleRidge Operating LLC and EagleRidge Energy LLC, claiming that two wells they are drilling near Bonnie Brae Street and Vintage Boulevard violate city ordinances.

Few answers in April gas well blowout

After three months of reflection and several government reports, key questions remain unanswered following a gas well blowout on April 19 near homes, businesses and Denton Enterprise Airport, including why it took hours for anyone to call either 911 or state regulators.

Denton responders work gas well pipe emergency

A Denton hazardous materials unit was on site for nearly five hours in the 600 block of Jim Christal Road after a gas well pipe separated from the well Friday morning, authorities said.

City approves drilling ordinance

Residents say they are deflated and disappointed after the Denton City Council finally approved, in a 5-1 vote, new rules for natural gas drilling and production that have been years in the making.

Gap over gas rule rewrite widens

After another round of meetings this week — public, private and behind closed doors — the chasm between city leaders and residents over rewrites to the gas drilling ordinance appears to have widened considerably. The City Council appeared satisfied with the rewrites during a work session last Tuesday, giving little feedback to the staff on the fifth draft other than to ask how to best explain the final product to residents.

City gas rules topic of concern

Frustrated residents brought another hour of earnest testimony to a public hearing on the gas ordinance rewrites this week.

Guidance on gas rules costs city

Since 2011, Denton has spent more than $43,000 on consultants in reviewing the city’s natural gas ordinance, with the potential for thousands more to be spent before the work is done.

DA office dismisses dumping charges

The Denton County district attorney’s office dropped a felony case against a Denton man accused of illegally dumping wastewater from a gas drilling site into Hickory Creek, part of the Lewisville Lake watershed.

Residents address drilling task force

Public reaction to Denton’s ever-evolving rules for natural gas drilling and production ran the gamut Monday night — from long lists of additional requests to accusations of racism.

Latest gas rule rewrites released

The city released another draft of its natural gas ordinance after the close of business Friday, in response to comments it has received so far on the first rewrite of new rules for shale gas drilling and production.

Group: Draft needs work

Members of the Denton Stakeholder Drilling Advisory Group said the city’s draft of a gas drilling ordinance fails to grasp and address the public’s concerns and that it sacrifices public health and safety for gas drilling development.

Group to debut draft of drilling rules

The first draft of new rules for natural gas drilling and production in Denton will be unveiled with the city’s gas well task force Monday evening. The task force is scheduled for a briefing with attorneys in closed session and then move to a public meeting at 6 p.m.

Analysis finds faults in drilling oversight

States with the heaviest oil and gas development in the shale drilling boom are doing a poor job enforcing rules meant to protect public health and safety, according to a new analysis by Earthworks.

Company seeks gas well variances

A shale gas operator has asked out from Denton’s current moratorium on gas well development. EagleRidge Energy and EagleRidge Operating applied July 20 for variances for four gas well pad sites in northwestern Denton. The city will have a public hearing on the request during its regular meeting Sept. 11.

Citizens of the Shale

A 2011 news series exploring the far-flung impact of gas development.

Report critical of gas well task force

A minority report from members of Denton’s official gas well task force says the task force was too small, did not represent residents, did not fully vet their concerns on natural gas production and, unlike similar committees in other cities, did not hear expert presentations or make site visits.

Gas panel differs on site conditions

Denton’s gas drilling task force on Monday rejected several proposals to improve site conditions around gas wells and production facilities while endorsing measures meant to keep mud from pooling at well sites and spreading onto public streets.

Speaker to address fracking impact

Chemist Wilma Subra will speak about the possible health impacts of hydraulic fracturing and gas drilling today at the University of North Texas.

Task force advances site-improvement items

Members of the Denton’s gas drilling task force moved on a few items that could improve site conditions around natural gas wells and production facilities, although the group declined to advance all the items that could make both old wells and new ones look better.

Task force votes on sound checks

Denton’s official gas drilling task force made scant progress this week with new recommendations to reduce noise created by natural gas drilling and production facilities. A 3-2 vote defeated a measure to limit the amount of noise such facilities could make at night and in neighborhoods.

Gas well panel differs on issue

Denton’s gas well task force split Monday on recommendations requiring more public notification of drilling activities, in a meeting that continued highlighting divisions between the panel’s citizen and industry-related members.

Lost drilling papers found

A natural gas well site near Apogee Stadium that officials said lacked city permits actually received drilling permits years ago, Denton’s planning director said Monday.

Drilling permit moratorium passes

The Denton City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to impose a moratorium on new gas drilling and production permits, giving the city some breathing room to finish an ongoing ordinance overhaul.

Panel wants drilling water recycled

Denton’s official gas drilling task force voted Monday to require some drillers to recycle water used in hydraulic fracturing but narrowly rejected new regulations for well casing and cementing.

Council set to vote on temporary permit ban

Denton City Council members said they were on track to vote on a gas drilling permit moratorium next week after getting briefed by attorneys and staff members Tuesday.

Panel tackles water issues

Denton’s official gas drilling task force voted Monday to recommend a series of water-related regulations, including a ban on open waste pits at drilling sites and baseline testing of nearby water wells.

Ban on tank farms nixed

Denton’s official gas drilling task force voted Monday to recommend approval of more air quality regulations but rejected a ban on compressor stations and tank farms as impractical.

Drilling moratorium gains support

Four Denton City Council members said late Tuesday they would support a moratorium on new gas drilling and production permits.

Gas drilling task force sets public meeting

Denton’s official gas drilling task force will have a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 215 E. McKinney St.

Plan for power plant moves forward

A city project to build a combined heat and power plant near Denton Airport moved a step closer to reality Tuesday as the City Council approved an engineering contract for a related natural gas pipeline. IN OTHER ACTION

Gas drilling protests disrupt PandZ meeting

Protesters disrupted a Denton Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night after commissioners endorsed a permit for a natural gas well site that operated without a city permit for years.

City to get update on drilling rules

Denton City Council members will hear an update today on efforts to overhaul the city’s natural gas drilling ordinance.

Ponder residents learn of upgrades

PONDER — Residents learned during a town hall-style meeting Thursday night that the operators of a gas plant have made repairs and installed new equipment — done so in response to more than a year’s worth of complaints about odors emanating from the facility.