Vermont Poised To Pass 1st Statewide Fracking Ban

Law360, New York (May 7, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT) -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will sign into law the first statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, a spokeswoman for the Democratic governor said Monday, just days after the Vermont legislature gave its final blessing to the measure.

With a 103-36 vote, the Vermont House on Friday passed a statewide ban on fracking, a controversial drilling method that involves injecting a mix of water, chemicals and sand under high pressure to crack shale rock and release natural gas. Critics of the practice say it endangers water supplies and...
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