Governor Abbott signs House Bill 40 prohibiting city bans on oil and gas drilling

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Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, yesterday signed in to law House Bill 40 which restricts the ability of cities and other local governments to ban fracking or enact other oil and gas-related rules, placing the jurisdiction of those operations exclusively in the hands of the state.

The bill goes into effect immediately as both the Texas House and the Texas Senate passed it with more than a two-thirds majority. With the new law Abbott said Texas would avoid a patchwork quilt of local regulations that differ from region to region, county to county or city to city.

“HB 40 does a profound job of helping to protect private property rights here in the state of Texas, ensuring those who own their own property will not have the heavy hand of local regulation deprive them of their rights” Abbott said in a news release, adding “HB 40 strikes a meaningful and correct balance between local control and preserving the state’s authority to ensure that regulations are even-handed and do not hamper job creation”

The bill, first filed in March, came in response to a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the city of Denton last November, the first city to issue such a ban.

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