A Denton group is seeking 571 signatures for a petition aimed at prohibiting hydraulic fracturing operations within the city. The Denton Drilling Awareness Group on Tuesday said it needs to round up at least that many names within 180 days, at which point the petition can be presented to city council or put before voters. It will hold a launch party Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern 115 S. Elm St.
Cathy McMullen, a representative for the group, in a prepared release said the initiative is necessary because "the city is allowing fracking to happen right in our back yards. When fracking-impacted residents call with problems, the city passes the buck." The group said Denton has more than 270 existing natural gas wells, which would not be affected to the measure.
-- Jim Fuquay