Jul 16, 2014 4:41 AM
DENTON, Texas (AP) - The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve has rejected a bid to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing.
Denton City Council members voted down a petition to outlaw new permits for the drilling practice. That's after more than 100 people spoke late Tuesday into Wednesday morning for and against the measure during a public hearing.
Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations to release trapped oil and gas.
Industry groups and state regulators warned such a ban could be followed by litigation and a severe hit to Denton's economy.
Petition supporters, some who came to tears while addressing the council, said the risks to human health and the environment outweighed the economic benefits.
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