Vermont Gov. Signs Nation's First Ban On Fracking

Law360, New York (May 16, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT) -- Vermont’s governor signed the country’s first ban on hydraulic fracturing into law Wednesday, a move that drew fire from the natural gas industry even though its practical effects could be limited.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed H. 464, enacting a statewide prohibition on fracking, the controversial well completion technique in which operators blast high-pressure water, sand and chemicals into rock formations to release trapped natural gas and oil.

The governments of New York and New Jersey currently maintain moratoriums on the process, and some municipalities have...
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