DENTON The Denton City Council officially accepted a petition ordinance on Tuesday night which calls for an outright ban on fracking within city limits.
A public hearing will be held in mid-July. After that, the Council can vote for or against the ordinance. Voters will likely have the final say if the ordinance is rejected by the Council.
'It's been a long hard climb for us to get here,' said Sharon Wilson, one of the main petition organizers.
Last month, organizers submitted a petition with nearly 2,000 signatures. The City Secretary's office ratified more than 600 of them last week.
'We've actually gotten a lot folks on Twitter and Facebook around the world sending us notes of solidarity,' said Adam Briggle, one of the petition supporters.
Although there has been a recent pushback against fracking in Denton, some residents worry about the economic message a full ban would convey to the oil and gas industry.
'I'm in support of energy and oil companies,' said Christen Walker, who attends UNT as a graduate student. 'You just need to be careful.'
Currently, Denton has more than 270 oil and gas wells in operation, according to city data.