The state of Vermont will soon ban hydraulic fracturing

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Vermont will become the first state in the nation ban Fracking. Last week – the Vermont House and Senate passed legislation outlawing the controversial practice that poisons ground water and leads to earthquakes. Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin is expected to sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk.

The George W. Bush administration – chock-full of energy barons like Dick Cheney – exempted fracking from federal environmental regulations – meaning it’s up to the states to take action to protect their populations from fracking chemicals. So far – New York and Maryland both have moratoriums on fracking in place.

And overseas – fracking has been outlawed in France, Bulgaria, the Czech Republicans, and Germany. Let’s hope Vermont’s bold actions trigger other states to “get the frack out.”

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