Denton city council Tuesday night voted 7-0 for a temporary moratorium on new drilling and hydraulic fracturing activities in the city. The move came just ahead of the filing of a petition seeking an outright ban on hydraulic fracturing in the city sought by the Denton Drilling Awareness Group, which said Wednesday morning that it turned in at least 1,871 signatures in support of the petition. It needs a little less than 600 valid signatures to force a public hearing and council vote. The city has 20 days to verify the signatures and then 60 days to hold the hearing and vote on the proposal.
For a full report, see today's Star-Telegram coverage.
-- Jim Fuquay