The State of Texas and City of Denton will not protect us so we must protect ourselves with a ban on hydraulic fracturing.
“Eight-month investigation reveals that the Texas State Legislature is more intent on protecting the industry than protecting residents’ health.”
We need all petition turned in by May 5th. If you feel you have collected all the signatures possible please turn in any signatures you have as soon as possible. We must to have the petition in to the City of Denton before the next election.
If you need help getting your petition notarized or need someone to pick up your petitions please contact Cathy McMullen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fracking Ban Exceeds Signature Requirement To Get On November Ballot, In face of government opposition, group continues signature drive at local events
Above: A packed house waits to sign the petition to ban fracking in city limits of Denton, TX.
FRACKING BAN EXCEEDS SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT TO GET ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
In face of city govt opposition, group continues signature drive at local events
Denton, TX (Mar 14) – Frack Free Denton today announced they have gathered substantially more than the required signatures to put their fracking ban initiative on the November ballot. Denton City charter requires signatures equal to 25% of votes cast in the most recent general election for an initiative to get on the ballot.
Denton Drilling Awareness Group (DAG), which was formed by members of the city’s Drilling Advisory Group after their recommendations were largely ignored by the city, launched Frack Free Denton, the fracking ban signature drive on February 20, 2014.
Denton city government, which supports fracking-enabled oil and gas development within city limits, has a track record of ignoring its citizens and giving industry a free rein. Decisions are made in closed sessions without citizen input.
“Our city government is clearly more interested in protecting the fracking industry than its citizens,” said Cathy McMullen, DAG president.. She continued, “That’s why we need to gather as many signatures as possible, to show they’ll pay a political price if they try to thwart their constituents’ wishes.”
Yesterday, DAG released a short video (http://bit.ly/FFD-econ-video) demonstrating that Denton citizens are forced to weather the health and safety impacts of fracking-enabled oil and gas development without benefitting economically.
“As far as I know, fracking companies can’t vote. It makes one wonder why the city is prioritizing fracking over Denton’s public health, especially since Denton residents aren’t really economically benefiting from fracking,“ said McMullen.
Upcoming fracking ban ballot initiative signature gathering events include:
Dan’s Meat Market
2736 N. Elm St.
Anytime during open hours.
Wednesdays, March 19, 26
UNT Campus, Library Mall
11:00 am-1:00 pm
Thursdays, March 20, 27
Big Mikes Coffee Shop
1306 W Hickory St.
Saturday, March 29
North Branch Library
3020 N. Locust
Denton, Tx 76209
11:00 am-3:00 pm
Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 PM
Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial Street.
The first Denton showing of Josh Fox’s Gasland 2
Saturday, April 5
Fire Station #7
4201 Vintage Blvd.
Saturdays, April 12, 19, 26
Denton Community Market
Corner of Carroll and Mulberry
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Saturday, April 19
Spiderweb Salon @ A Creative Art Studio
227 W Oak St #101, Denton, TX 76201
4:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Jazz, poetry, art, and rock n’roll all in celebration of community and Earth Day!
Saturday, May 3
Denton Community Market
Corner of Carroll and Mulberry
Sunday, May 4
Front Porch Petition Signing
805 Ector Denton, TX 76201
1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Drinks and treats for all! T-shirt and stickers for sale.
If there are any questions regarding the economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing in Denton this video presentation can answer some of them.
A huge thank you to “Earthworks” who began a fundraising campaign for ‘Frack Free Denton’ today. “Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions”. You can donate at the link below or here on our website. Your donations will help continue this citizen’s initiative, making sure we get enough signatures and then enough votes to end hydraulic fracturing in the city limits of our home, Denton, TX.
Frack Free Denton launched with overwhelming support, garnering 200 hundred signatures in the first few hours, a third of the needed amount. At the launch party, citizens such as a mother of two from the Vintage neighborhood spoke about their terrible experiences living with hydraulic fracturing literally in their backyards. We heard from the former mayor of Dish, Texas, Calvin Tillman, who moved his family after his children began experiencing severe nosebleeds when fracking began nearby. Petition circulators were trained, news reporters and media were there, and voters were registered. Other signing events happened throughout the week, gathering even more signatures on campus and at local businesses. If this week was any indication, the people of Denton are ready for a Frack Free Denton!
This is truly a historic time for our town that we want you to be a part of. If successful, Denton would become the first major city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing and the first city in the nation to ban fracking after permits have already been granted. Most importantly, we could make our beloved town a safer and healthier place to live.
But there is still much to be done! Here are some ways you can help:
1) Register to vote. Only those registered to vote in the city of Denton may sign the petition. You must also have a valid Denton address in order to sign. You can register to vote at many of our signing events or anytime at: http://www.votedenton.com/voter-information/voter-registration/
At the website above, you can check to see if you are already registered, if your information is up to date, or fill out an online application that you then print out and mail in.
2) Sign the Petition. If you are registered to vote in the City of Denton, please come to any of our signing events and add your name to the petition to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city limits of Denton, TX. Be a part of history and join this citizens’ initiative!
3) Donate. Your donation will to help us spread the word about the citizens’ initiative with more signing and voter registration events, educational film screenings, and fundraisers. It will also help us cover the basics of running a campaign (i.e. making copies adds up!). Donate here on our website or directly at any of our events.
4) Events/Fundraisers– Have a good idea for a fundraiser? Want to host a community signing event? We can provide someone to notarize your full petitions, deputy voter registrars to register voters, and information regarding fracking in Denton. Let us know how we can help you make your idea a reality!
5) For Petition Circulators– If you received a petition to collect signatures, please fill them up as soon as possible and then contact Cathy at: email@example.com, We will get a notary out to you to notarize your petition. The quicker we get these petitions notarized and turned in, the quicker we will have an accurate count of how many signatures we have. Thank you for your hard work!
Finally, the best way you can help is to stay in touch and GO VOTE when the time comes! Sign up on our mailing list on our contact tab and we will send you updates about the campaign and a reminder to vote. Thank you all for your overwhelming support, together we can make a healthier, safer, Frack Free Denton.