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Dallas OKs Gas Drilling Rules That Are Among Nationís Tightest

Randy Lee Loftis | Dallas News

Dec 12, 2013

Last week, Dallas adopted one of the nationís most restrictive ordinances on natural gas drilling, requiring more than a quarter-mile between wells and protected uses such as homes.

The City Council voted 9-6 to adopt a City Plan Commission recommendation for a 1,500-foot setback around gas wells. Dallasí current ordinance requires 300 feet.

The decision came after years of arguments over well safety, toxic air emissions, gas leasing rights and drillersí use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Neighborhood groups joined with environmental advocates to press the city for maximum restrictions.

The gas industry, some residents and some council members said the industryís critics were seeking a virtual ban on drilling.

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