For Immediate Release
As Residents Fight to Defend Denton's Fracking Ban, Local Filmmaker Releases New Documentary Trailer for Don't Frack With Denton
Denton, Texas - The fight to defend Texas' first fracking ban within city limits isn't over as state lawmakers attempt to strip municipalities of home rule authority. Don't Frack With Denton chronicles Denton's uphill battle against oil and gas interest deep in the heart of the gas patch.
Who: Denton Filmmaker Garrett Graham and local organizers with Frack Free Denton.
What: New trailer highlights Denton's residents uphill battle against oil and gas interests in Texas as Dentonites take their fight to the state Capitol in Austin.
When: Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24 at 8:00 a.m.
Where: The new trailer has been released online here: https://vimeo.com/122943445; Dentonites went to the Austin Capitol Monday, March 23.
On Monday, March 23, Denton Mayor Chris Watts and City Attorney Anita Burgess traveled to the Texas Capitol in Austin to testify at a hearing on two bills that have emerged as part of an ongoing conservative backlash to Denton's ban on hydraulic fracturing, which passed in a landslide election last November.
In solidarity with grassroots organizers from the Frack Free Denton movement and other residents from small Texas towns who also traveled to Austin Monday, Documentary Filmmaker and Denton Resident Garrett Graham released a new trailer for his forthcoming documentary film, Don't Frack With Denton, which tells the empowering story of how his hometown became the first city in Texas to ban fracking deep in the heart of the oil and gas empire.
Since this small Texas town delivered an unparalleled blow to oil and gas interests atop the very same shale where the drilling technique was first pioneered in the 1990s, Denton residents have continued to fight back against the predictable backlash from conservative lawmakers and the oil and gas industry.
Since the ban passed last fall in a landslide victory, state lawmakers connected to the oil and gas industry and to the American Legislative Exchange Council have introduced a number of bills aimed at undermining local democracy, ostensibly to prevent other cities from following Denton's lead.
Residents from many Texas towns gathered in Austin Monday to defend home rule authority, which gives cities like Denton the ability to introduce ballot referendums like the ordinance prohibiting hydraulic fracturing within the city limits. Without home rule authority, local municipalities would be unable to regulate oil and gas operations directly, and would be forced to rely on state regulators such as the Texas Railroad Commission - which stood by as gas companies erected gas wells as close as 200-feet from people's homes in Denton.
Graham's film follows these grassroots activists, and tells the story of how this tenacious Texas town managed to upstage the oil and gas industry with the power of music and community organizing. The industry has kept a close eye on what happens in Denton, which has become ground-zero for the fracking debate.
The Denton Drilling Awareness Group (DentonDAG) is a non-profit organization of concerned citizens dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of gas well drilling and its related processes to the public health, the environment, and property values in the city of Denton.