The Texas Tea Party likes to shout local control and government overreach from the rooftops when it fears the federal government stepping on Texans’ toes. But when it comes to serving the interests of big oil, the Tea Partisans cannot fall over themselves fast enough to do its bidding. This time it comes in the form of a bill passed by the Senate and House which will prevent Texas municipalities from banning fracking within their city limits. But the bill, which emerged as a response to a hydraulic fracking ban passed by Denton voters in November, goes well beyond just fracking and leaves municipalities powerless to regulate any oil and gas practices that do not involve surface operations.
The bill emerged as legislative backlash to a hydraulic fracturing ban passed by Denton voters in November. The legislation also prevents cities from passing ordinances addressing underground activity, including disposal wells, which have been linked to earthquakes, and pre-empt any ordinance deemed not “commercially reasonable.”
Now Red appreciates the need for uniform rules on drilling practices, but the hypocrisy of the Tea Partisans is just plain shocking. They insist that the federal government cannot dictate to Texas – but then have Texas turn around and dictate to local government.