Thursday, May 17, 2012
VERMONT BANS FRACKING.
Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill preventing the extraction of natural gas making Vermont the first state in the nation to ban hydraulic fracturing.
This law also prevents the importation and storage of the wastewater that results from fracking.
"This is a big deal," Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday. "This bill will ensure that we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy."
Shumlin also noted that although it is not definite whether or not there is natural gas in Vermont, it is better to be precautionary when dealing with the future of drinking water.
According to Fox News, the American Petrolium Institute contact Shumlin prior to signing the bill stating that it could be subject to constitutional challenge.
Anti-fracking activists are ready for this challenge. After the sold out New Yorkers Against Fracking concert in Albany on Tuesday that included superstars such as Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Merchant, Citizen Cope and Melissa Leo, it became more evident than ever that there is a massive and powerful coalition fighting this cause that is not going anywhere.
For more information on the new law banning hydraulic fracturing in Vermont: here.