Last month the state of Texas signed HB 40 into law, which repealed the local ban on fracking in the town of Denton.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