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Texas Governor Signs HB40 into Law, Guts Community Rights


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Texas Governor Signs HB40 into Law, Guts Community Rights

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WASHINGTON - On Monday, Texas Governor Abbott signed HB 40 into law. Written by former ExxonMobil lawyer Shannon Ratliff, the statute forces every Texas municipality wanting common sense limits on oil and gas development to demonstrate its rules are “commercially reasonable”. It effectively overturns a Denton ballot initiative banning fracking that passed last November.

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