Current and former Texas officials have warned a North Texas city that it lacks the authority to enact a ban it's considering on hydraulic fracturing.
Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips told Denton City Council members at a Thursday public hearing that state regulation "pre-empts" any city right to ban "economically viable drilling."
Phillips represents the powerful Texas Oil and Gas Association and says its thousands of members would "undoubtedly sue" if the ban passes.
Former Texas Railroad Commission executive director John Tintara said the ban would have negative "geopolitical implications." The commission regulates the Texas oil and gas industry.
More than 100 speakers registered to address the council Thursday night. The council will vote after the hearing. Even if rejected, the ban would go before Denton voters.