Abbott.GregIn response to a Denton city election in November 2014 to ban fracking within the city limits, the Texas Legislature passed a bill last week preventing local control over fracking.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law on Monday, May 18.

A magnitude 3.3 earthquake centered in Farmers Branch on May 18 at about 1:15 p.m. was felt as far as downtown Dallas.

The two events, of course, are unrelated.