The Denton, Texas City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night against enacting a permanent ban on the continued permitting of hydraulic fracturing within its city limits. City leaders had introduced a temporary ban on new permits in May after fracing-ban proponents delivered a petition containing about 2,000 signatures. The city’s temporary ban is set to expire in September, according to an Associated Press report.
Summary of Data in Denton County, TX (according to Texas Drilling)
- 2,803 Producing Leases
- 46 Producing Operators
- 5,170 Drilled Wells
- 1,396 BBL Of Oil Produced In Jan 2014
- 15.8 BCF Of Gas Produced In Jan 2014
Under the proposed ban, operators would be allowed to continue extracting energy from the 275 wells in Denton that have already undergone fracing, but not reinitiate the process on old wells or use hydraulic fracturing to complete new wells. The proposal will go to a public ballot in November.
Denton is located above the prolific Barnett shale deposit in north Texas. Gas production from the Barnett shale climbed from approximately 30 MMcf/day in 1993 to 5.7 Bcf/day in 2012 according to Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) production data. Production in recent years, however, has dropped as the industry has largely shifted to oil plays.
The TRC identifies Denton as one of four main core counties affected by the Barnett Shale, with the other three being Johnson, Tarrant and Wise. The Commission reported gas production from Denton County in May 2014 ranked eighth among all counties in the state of Texas and fourth among all Barnett-area counties.
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