Is fracking an issue for Vermonters?
It would appear that this question was answered decisively last year when Vermont became the first state in the union to ban fracking, along with the importation and storage of the toxic wastewater associated with that process.
When Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.464 on May 17, he did so with the awareness that fracking has contaminated ground water in states like Texas, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania, and that Congress has exempted hydraulic fracturing from regulation under the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Act. The governor noted that "Very soon there is going to be a shortage of clean water on this planet. Drinking water will be more valuable than oil or natural gas. Human beings have survived for thousands of years without oil or natural gas. We have never known humanity or life on this planet to survive without clean water."