Vermont Bans Fracking: Will Other States Follow?
By Jason Cimpl: With one swift motion from Governor Peter Shumlin’s pen, Vermont officially became the first state to institute a fracking ban. Gov. Shumlin signed a bill this morning outlawing the practice of “fracking” – code for hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to extract natural gas from shale rock – in the Green Mountain State. “This bill will ensure that we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy,” Shumlin said. He called the science behind fracking “uncertain at best”, and encouraged other states to impose a similar fracking ban. The question is: Will they? Even as someone who lives and works in the great state of Vermont, I’m under no illusion as to my home state’s importance – or lack thereof – in the natural gas world. Vermont is the second-smallest state by population and sixth-smallest in terms of area. Vermont doesn’t currently have any active naturalComplete Story »