Dallas Adopts Strict Urban Gas-Drilling Ordinance

Law360, Dallas (December 11, 2013, 5:22 PM EST) -- The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved a set of restrictive gas drilling regulations that opponents say will virtually bar any development of the Barnett Shale within Dallas city limits, after several years of debate in what has been a divisive issue.

In a 9-6 vote, the council approved regulations that require gas wells be at least 1,500 feet from homes, schools, churches and other protected property — more than double the 600-foot setback requirement Fort Worth adopted. Although individual drilling permits can qualify for exceptions...
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