It’s official – Vermont is the first U.S. state to ban fracking.

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Last week – Governor Peter Shumlin signed into legislation that prevents energy companies from injecting chemicals deep underground to extract natural gas – what’s known as hydraulic fracking.

The practice has been proven to poison groundwater and even lead to earthquakes. Governor Shumlin defended the new law saying, “drinking water will be more valuable than oil or natural gas…Human beings survived for thousands and thousands of years without oil and without natural gas…we have never known humanity or like on this planet to survive without clean water.”

Well done, Vermont.

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