There is no doubt about it, there is a lot of debate about fracking. Some people are huge proponents of fracking while others feel that it is responsible for everything from earthquakes to pollution. Recently, a lot of debate has been taking place in and around Denton, Texas. This is because residents in the area want fracking to be banned, yet lawmakers are very hesitant to do so, especially given the location.
Residents contend that this practice is responsible for much of the pollution in the area and in addition, they simply do not want to deal with unsightly wells that are popping up all over the place, many of them near their own homes. However, lawmakers in Texas are extremely hesitant to do anything about the problem, largely because Texas has been built on the oil and gas industry. Cheap natural gas has had an enormous impact on the Texas economy, effecting every thing from jobs to the price of electricity. According to Texaselectricity.org, electricity rates have fallen dramatically in the past several years as a direct result of cheap natural gas.
Because lawmakers have been extremely hesitant to stop any of the well sites from operating, residents have started to take it upon themselves to find other avenues of ensuring that these well sites will no longer be able to operate. However, even by going through all of the proper channels, there is no guarantee that the well sites will ever be forced to cease operations. This fact was only reiterated when two additional well sites began operating in the area after all of the issues had already become heated.
Ultimately, it will be up to voters to decide how this problem will be handled, but that is only half the story. The truth is, Texas lawmakers may find a way around the wishes of voters. If they do, it may be virtually impossible for the voters to find a way to put a stop to the drilling. Until a definitive decision is made, everyone is seemingly taking sides to support one camp or the other.