Dallas restricts gas drilling in city

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas City Council has decided that drilling natural gas wells will not be allowed to happen less than 1,500 feet from protected areas such as homes.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the council voted 9-6 on Wednesday to expand the buffer from the current 300 feet.

Neighborhood groups and environmentalists banded together to push for the new restrictions.

As with the previous regulation, any new drilling site will continue to require that the city council vote on a specific-use permit. A two-thirds council vote will allow them to reduce the setback on a case-by-case basis.

A few years ago, drilling was expected to creep into the city from the Barnett Shale, but there are still no wells in Dallas.