July 16, 2014 at 2:10 AM CDT - Updated July 25 at 12:35 PM
The city of Denton could become the first in the state to ban hydraulic fracking. On Tuesday, City Councilors held a public hearing to hear both sides of the argument. The meeting has the caught the attention of oil and gas officials, people all across the state of Texas and the nation.
Alex Mills, President of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, cannot believe it has gone this far.
“The health and safety issues aren't there,” said Mills.“Hundreds of thousands of wells have been fracked. There has never been any case of pollution of ground water. So I think the record shows that it is a safe process.”
However, some residents who live in Denton disagree. Nearly 2,000 signatures were turned into the city, prompting city councilors to hold a public hearing.
"The association will have a person there to give testimony and we will have another person to give legal advice,” said Mills.
Mills said fracking is not new. It has been around for more than 60-years. Denton occupies the Barnett Shale, supposedly one of the largest onshore natural gas fields in the state.
"There are over 275-wells currently inside the city limits and the extraterritorial jurisdiction," said Mills.
Mills said if Denton City Councilors approve a measure to ban fracking it could have huge economic ramifications.
"It will have detrimental impact on the finances of Denton, Denton County and even the state of Texas," Mills said.
When asked if this will have any effect on Texoma, Mills said not an immediate impact, but possibly see in the long-term.
As of 10:00 p.m. Tuesday the Denton City Council were still hearing public comments and had not voted on the issue.