Town of DISH Bans Gas Drilling

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    Dish in the Barnett Shale natural gas field has voted a 90-day moratorium on new gas well drilling.

    The governing commission of the tiny North Texas town of DISH in the Barnett Shale natural gas field has voted a 90-day moratorium on new gas well drilling.

    The 2-0 vote Monday night imposes a 90-day ban "on the receipt, processing and approval of applications for oil and gas well permits" within the town of about 360 residents.

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    Mayor Calvin Tillman says that during those 90 days, town officials will work to update its drilling ordinance "to incorporate some of the greener technology."

    The moratorium came in the wake of last month's report on tests by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The tests of 94 sites in the 5,000-square-mile Barnett Shale revealed two sites with extremely high levels of cancer-causing benzene and 19 more with elevated levels of the chemical.

    DISH is about 50 miles northwest of Dallas.

    You may remember the Denton County town of DISH made headlines in November 2005 when the town changed it's name from Clark to DISH (all capital letters) and in exchange all residents received free basic television service for 10 years and a free DVR from DISH Network.