Vermont becomes first US state to ban hydraulic fracturing

17 May 2012 19:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The governor of Vermont has signed the nation’s first bill banning hydraulic fracturing, saying the science behind the practice was “uncertain at best”, according to a blog post made available on Thursday.

“This bill will ensure we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy,” Governor Peter Shumlin said in his blog. “I hope other states will follow us. Let the Green Mountain State preserve its clean water, its lakes, its rivers and its quality of life.”

Shumlin signed the bill on Wednesday.

There is currently no drilling activity in Vermont, which is thought to have little to no reserves of oil or natural gas, according to a report by the Associated Press.

By: Bobbie Clark
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