Texas Railroad Commission to continue drill permits in Denton

AUSTIN, Texas — The chairwoman of a state agency that regulates oil and gas in Texas says she’s disappointed that Denton residents passed a measure to ban further hydraulic fracturing.

The Dallas Morning News reports Railroad Commission Chairwoman Christie Craddick made the comments at a Thursday event sponsored by the Texas Tribune. She says she’ll continue issuing permits to companies that seek to drill in Denton.

Tuesday’s vote in Denton, which sits atop a large natural gas reserve, made it the first city in Texas to pass such a ban.

Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations to released trapped oil and gas. Opponents of fracking say it pollutes air and drinking water, while industry groups say it’s cleaner than other forms of energy extraction.