Anadarko, Your Friendly Neighborhood Fracker

Listening to community complaints may blunt drives to ban drilling
Photograph by Jamie Schwaberow/Bloomberg

Cities and counties nationwide have passed 430 measures to control or ban fracking, the controversial technique of cracking subterranean rocks to release oil and natural gas, according to Food & Water Watch, an environmental advocacy group. If these initiatives “continue to proliferate, then companies lose access to those resources,” says David Spence, a professor of law, politics, and regulation at the University of Texas School of Law who studies fracking and drilling rules. A look at drilling operations in Texas and Colorado shows drillers taking different approaches to that threat.

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