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Fracking: Commercial Interests vs. Community Interests

Last month the state of Texas signed HB 40 into law, which repealed the local ban on fracking in the town of Denton. The issue is whether legislation has the right to support commercial interests over community interests. Many consider HB 40 a ban on democracy.

After last month’s decision to repeal Denton’s ban on fracking, activists are looking to build a coalition of cities across the state of Texas before taking a second swing at HB 40, the bill that disempowers municipal governments in favor of oil and gas industries.

— TheRealNews

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

13 Comments

  1. swo8

    It is nothing less than a total attack on local democracies. I’m glad to see people banding together to fight this.
    Leslie

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks, Leslie. Whether it’s Texas or Greece, when the people vote it needs to mean something.

      • swo8

        It really does mean a lot. We just need to find leaders with vision and loyalty to the people.
        Leslie

  2. Susan Chandler

    Reblogged this on Wobbly Warrior's Blog and commented:
    “After last month’s decision to repeal Denton’s ban on fracking, activists are looking to build a coalition of cities across the state of Texas before taking a second swing at HB 40, the bill that disempowers municipal governments in favor of oil and gas industries.”

  3. sojourner

    Didn’t know if you were familiar with this site:

    http://paulcienfuegos.com/

    I believe it is time for we the individuals to collectively come together to create a new world free of the gargantuan systems of government that are run by the elite few to rule over and destroy the disenfranchised many. It is time for self-governing and sustaining communities around the world.

    And if you check out this site, you will see there is a foothold of this happening in this country and other countries around the world.

    We the individuals of this world cannot change what is already completely destroyed, so we have to look elsewhere to find life and freedom. In my opinion, of course.

    Great post! I believe this post is a sign of what I am referring to. I will be reblogging this!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks, Sojourner. It looks like a great site, and very appropo. The first blog post I looked at quotes from the ‘Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund,’ which talks about state preemption – exactly what has happened to Denton.

  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    This is scary.. in that Big Business seems to control the powers that be.. I will be interested on how it goes as the UK are in the grips too of being Fracked.. Thank you for sharing
    and all that you do share..
    Enjoy your week.. Hugs Sue

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes, Big Business has the power, and ruins the planet at the same time. I suspect why people have ‘allowed’ this is not only because they didn’t see it happening, but it ends up being so stupid, cruel, and diabolical – that it doesn’t seem possible Big Business would wilfully take such a course.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        the trouble is JoAnn is that we are so blinded by what we are dished out daily!… We all fell into the commercial traps.. And until we ALL of us wake up it .. we are all of us part of creating it.. We are after all the Consumers!..

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Yeah. The daily ‘dish’ is background to our lives, and practically subliminal. We don’t realize we hear the TV droning from the living room, as we’re raiding the kitchen refrigerator.

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