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Jul 16, 2014 4:41 AM

North Texas City Rejects Partial Fracking Ban

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.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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