Denton, the north Texas town where last November 59 percent of voters approved a fracking ban within city limits, was dealt a setback this week.

One of Governor Abbott’s first bills signed into law bars Texas cities from regulating oil and gas drilling – basically banning Denton’s ban on fracking.

But officials in Denton haven’t thrown in the towel yet. In an email to a reporter for UPI News, Lindsey Baker, a city spokeswoman, said, “We will certainly continue to enforce our current regulations to protect the health and safety of our residents, but we do not know how the operators or courts will react.”

Adam Briggle, president of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group and a leader in the Frack Free Denton effort, joins the Texas Standard to talk about what happens next.

More from the interview will be posted shortly.

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  • Suzette Robinson May 26, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    We voted on an issue and the people’s votes should stand. Our representatives have let us down, in particular Myra Crownover. On the other hand, if the people keep voting these people into office without connecting the dots on their platforms, then I guess you got what you wanted..

  • sharanya May 21, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Shame on the governor and the hypocrites that backed this legislature.! So much for smaller government and civil liberties.

  • NP (@NptexasNancy) May 21, 2015 at 9:39 am

    @TexasStandard @frackfreedenton @adambriggle Disgusting "smaller govt, local govt" hypocrites. Big oil feeds us w 1 hand, strangles w other

  • Adam Briggle (@adambriggle) May 21, 2015 at 9:13 am

    @TexasStandard @frackfreedenton Thanks for the chance to share my views on this important issue.

  • L Ann Jackson (@RahabToo) May 21, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Repub leadership in TX siding w/oil industry rather than local voters will ultimately turn TX blue vs changing demographics @TexasStandard