It seems as though Vermont may be on the brink of being the first state in the nation to ban the largely debated gas drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking,
After passing the House last week with an overwhelming vote of 103-36, the Democratic Gov. Peter Shulmin is next to approve the bill, according to the Boston Globe.
Fracking involves drilling deep wells and injecting water to release natural gas deposits in between its layers.
Many environmentalists say that the chemicals used during fracking threaten public health as well as the environment. They further assert that the companies that do the drilling have not fully informed the public about what chemicals are being used during the process, according to the Globe.
The new action taken by Vermont comes on the heels of the government issuing new rules for fracking on public lands.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by contaminated water due to fracking, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation.