As expected, yesterday Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law that limits the ability of municipalities to regulate fracking. Under the statute, towns and cities can regulate above-ground aspects of oil and gas operations such as noise, traffic, and light, but cannot regulate the activity that takes place below ground. The law only applies to municipal regulations that were passed within the last five years; older regulations are presumed to be “commercially reasonable” and enforceable. In signing the bill, Governor Abbott emphasized that the statute ensures that Texas does not have a patchwork of energy-regulation that varies from city to city.