17 May '12, 3pm

Way to go Vermont! ---> Vermont becomes first state to ban fracking

Way to go Vermont! ---> Vermont becomes first state to ban fracking

TROUBLED WATER: The sun rises behind a natural gas rig in Louisiana. (Photo: Daniel Foster /Flickr) Vermont is now the first U.S. state where fracking is illegal. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a statewide hydraulic-fracturing ban into law Wednesday, forbidding the drilling technique that has sparked a natural gas boom across the country in recent years. The move was a symbolic victory for environmentalists, who cite the mounting risks of air pollution, water pollution and earthquakes linked to fracking. But it may be little more than that, since Vermont — unlike nearby states such as New York and Pennsylvania — isn't believed to have large gas deposits beneath its surface. Despite Vermont's current lack of drilling prospects, however, Shumlin noted that the point of fracking is to squeeze oil and gas from rocks that previously seemed too dry to drill. "We don't know that we do...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/vermont-bec...

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