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A Travis County, TX, judge has granted the request of the city of Denton, TX, to move a lawsuit against the city filed by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to a district court in Denton County. GLO last year sued the city in Austin, TX, after Denton voters overwhelmingly passed a ban on hydraulic fracturing (see Shale DailyNov. 5, 2014). GLO is challenging the city's fracking ban on constitutional grounds, as is the Texas Oil & Gas Association in its own lawsuit. It is possible that the two actions could be combined. A GLO spokesman told NGI's Shale Daily that the office had no comment on the change of venue for the lawsuit and said it was just waiting to go to court. Meanwhile, Texas lawmakers have introduced bills in the current legislature that if passed would likely thwart other Texas cities from enacting similar fracking bans (see Shale DailyDec. 18, 2014).

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