Target: Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Goal: Don’t prevent residents from banning fracking in their communities.
Towns in Texas could soon be legally prevented from banning fracking in their city limits if legislation that has been introduced into the state legislature becomes law. This is a blatant prioritization of oil company profits over the desires and rights of Texas citizens. Demand that these proposals never get signed into law.
Texas lawmakers were not happy when residents of Denton, Texas approved a ban on fracking within their city limits in 2014 and took a chunk out of oil companies’ profits. They were so unhappy, in fact, that they have now introduced two laws that are explicitly designed to preempt any other Texas locality from doing the same.
The proposals would place strict limits on the kinds of restrictions cities and towns could put on fracking through their own local ordinances, most alarmingly a limit based on “commercial reasonableness.” Any town that wanted to stop fracking in its city limits could be stopped from doing so because it would not be “commercially reasonable” for the oil companies’ business.
These proposals are not only undemocratic, they jeopardize the health and safety of millions of Texans. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Greg Abbott veto these proposals when they arrive on his desk so that they never become law.
Dear Governor Abbott,
I am writing you today about two bills that could arrive on your desk in the near future: House Bill 40 and Senate Bill 1165. These bills are an attempt to suppress the right of localities to govern their own communities in the way that they see fit, and are profoundly undemocratic.
As I am sure you are aware, these proposals aim to preempt any other cities or towns in your state from banning fracking in their city limits like Denton did last year. I hope you agree that local communities know what is best for them, and have an inalienable right to govern their towns in accordance with that intimate familiarity. As such, these proposals represent a wholesale disregard for that right in favor of centralized state control and the prioritization of corporations over people and their health.
As a conservative who has time and time again railed against centralized federal control and is pro-states’ rights, this attempt at preemption on the part of the state regarding what local communities can and can’t do should raise red flags. With your political beliefs it would be hypocritical of you to let these proposals become the law. I demand that you veto both H.B. 40 and S.B. 1165 when they arrive on your desk.
[Your Name Here]
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