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Vermont first state to ban fracking
CNN ^ | updated 10:41 AM EDT, Thu May 17, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff

Posted on 05/17/2012 9:48:37 AM PDT by FreedomPoster

(CNN) -- Vermont's governor has signed a bill making it the first U.S. state to ban fracking, the controversial practice to extract natural gas from the ground.

"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."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: banfracking; energy; fracking; oilandgas
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I wonder why they didn't ban the importation of natural gas produced by fracking? I guess they're stupid, but not *that* stupid.

More energy policy stupidity from our Left.

1 posted on 05/17/2012 9:48:41 AM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster

“...desperate pursuit for energy.”

That was funny. Seriously. :-)


2 posted on 05/17/2012 9:51:32 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: FreedomPoster

VT is also known for having more dumbasses than any other state!


3 posted on 05/17/2012 9:51:52 AM PDT by albie
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To: FreedomPoster
"This bill will ensure that we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy."

And of course the Gov. makes his point with a typical liberal lie. Groundwater is not affected by fracking.

4 posted on 05/17/2012 9:52:18 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Bernard Marx

Politicians only recognize science when it suits them.

Like injecting Ritalin into schoolkids.


5 posted on 05/17/2012 9:53:49 AM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: Bernard Marx

Vermont isn’t a very big state. With horizontal drilling, an oil company can put a rig just over the state line and still drill Vermont’s resources...without Vermont getting a penny of revenue.

Assuming Vermont has anything worth fracking to begin with.


6 posted on 05/17/2012 9:54:37 AM PDT by henkster (Wanted: Politicians willing to say "No" to people. No experience required.)
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To: FreedomPoster

we need a federal law making it illegal to sell oil, gasoline, or gas to any state that bans fracking!!!


7 posted on 05/17/2012 9:54:49 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: albie
LOL banning something that won't be done there because they have no natural gas.

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8 posted on 05/17/2012 9:56:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: FreedomPoster

Energy companies should boycott the non-contributing state.


9 posted on 05/17/2012 9:59:50 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: FreedomPoster
All forms of natural gas and natural gas generated electricity should be cut off from Vermont.

Eff'em. It is time to play hardball with these anti-humanists.

10 posted on 05/17/2012 10:00:28 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1913)
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To: FreedomPoster

11 posted on 05/17/2012 10:00:49 AM PDT by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: FreedomPoster

In related news, Kansas has banned offshore wind farms.


12 posted on 05/17/2012 10:04:27 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: G Larry

Be sure to buy Michigan Maple syrup next time.


13 posted on 05/17/2012 10:04:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: FreedomPoster

There is no oil in Vermont. Or gas. IIRC the state rests on solid granite.

Radon they got, but no oil or gas.

Just another cheap thrill from a liberal.


14 posted on 05/17/2012 10:06:39 AM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: FreedomPoster

And in related news, Kansas bans swimming after dark on all of its ocean beaches and Florida will ban wild polar bear hunting within the state.


15 posted on 05/17/2012 10:06:54 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Drill Thrawl

>>>All forms of natural gas and natural gas generated electricity should be cut off from Vermont.<<<

Great idea.

And every and all tax revenue generated nationally by oil & gas energy companies should be proportionally withheld from Vermont and other fossil-fuel hating states.


16 posted on 05/17/2012 10:07:47 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: FreedomPoster

Fracking product producers should refuse to sell their products to anyone in the state.


17 posted on 05/17/2012 10:14:28 AM PDT by moovova (OBAMA: The first US President to come out of the closet.)
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To: FreedomPoster

I heard Iowa is going I ban offshore drilling too.


18 posted on 05/17/2012 10:14:39 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: FreedomPoster

Sounds like VT should be rewarded with higher natural gas prices.


19 posted on 05/17/2012 10:21:38 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Bacon wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon...)
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To: buffaloguy
I think they had a bad experience with fracking for maple syrup.


20 posted on 05/17/2012 10:22:30 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: FreedomPoster

Come on over to New Hampshire. From there you can drill out everything beneath Vermont and not give them “one thin dime”.


21 posted on 05/17/2012 10:22:53 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: albie
true.. but, not as many (%) per hundred in Washington DC Establishment. :-D

22 posted on 05/17/2012 10:26:44 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA. DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: FreedomPoster

Worked in Vermont for eight summers in the 60’s the people there at that time were pretty conservitive. The influx of Gays and metrosexuals screwed the place up!


23 posted on 05/17/2012 10:29:28 AM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: FreedomPoster

The people of Vermont are hypocrites of the highest order...


24 posted on 05/17/2012 10:34:35 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: FreedomPoster

“This bill will ensure that we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy.”

I like the use of “desperate,” there. Brings to mind oil executives in fine suits ripping out their fingernails while wildly digging at the ground, frothing at the mouth.


25 posted on 05/17/2012 10:36:21 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Bernard Marx

“Groundwater is not affected by fracking.”

Groundwater is affected by everything. It must be, given how often lefties are concerned about it.


26 posted on 05/17/2012 10:37:34 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

Most groundwater is contaminated with Dihydrogen Monoxide.


27 posted on 05/17/2012 10:39:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: FreedomPoster
Vermont first state to ban fracking

Every pipeline company that maintains a natural gas pipeline into the godforsaken socialist state ought to turn off the valve. Let the little Marxists freeze.

I've been to that state exactly ONCE. Not going back.

28 posted on 05/17/2012 10:40:52 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: billorites

That has to have turned the trick. Man, something looks as if it blew up.


29 posted on 05/17/2012 10:40:58 AM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: FreedomPoster

Vermont is totally fracked up.


30 posted on 05/17/2012 10:41:13 AM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: Bernard Marx

“of course the Gov. makes his point with a typical liberal lie”

By the way, they didn’t say, notice, that groundwater was affected by fracking. They just said this would “ensure” it wouldn’t. For instance, if someday, somehow fracking were to change into a process, that did poison groundwater, now that can’t happen. I imagine to them who wrote the bill it’s a perfectly reasonable assumtpion that without governments banning things even the most pristine and benign technique would eventually be corrupted by unwatched Big Oil Fat Cats.

Better ban than sorry. Unless you want cheap energy. But then you’re “desperate” for energy and can’t be trusted.


31 posted on 05/17/2012 10:42:05 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: henkster
Vermont isn’t a very big state. With horizontal drilling, an oil company can put a rig just over the state line and still drill Vermont’s resources...without Vermont getting a penny of revenue.

I'd invest in ANY company that advertised doing this.

32 posted on 05/17/2012 10:44:37 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: henkster

“With horizontal drilling, an oil company can put a rig just over the state line and still drill Vermont’s resources...without Vermont getting a penny of revenue.”

Call in the Burns Slant Drilling Co. to drink Vermont’s milkshake.


33 posted on 05/17/2012 10:45:52 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: FreedomPoster

Vermont is too small to pull this stupid move. Haven’t they watched “There Will Be Blood.” New Hampshire will drink their milkshake.


34 posted on 05/17/2012 10:46:30 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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"This bill will ensure that we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy."

Fine, let them freeze to death in the dark.

35 posted on 05/17/2012 10:48:13 AM PDT by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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>> “This bill will ensure that we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy.”

Very cool. Vermonters, freeze in the dark while you attempt to satisfy your thirst by licking ice cubes made of really pure groundwater.


36 posted on 05/17/2012 10:51:31 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: FreedomPoster

My God this isn’t even a joke. The statement reeks of hatred for energy for human existence.


37 posted on 05/17/2012 10:52:51 AM PDT by Williams (Nobama)
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Seriously! If you inhale that stuff, it’ll kill you!

Besides, it corrodes metal and fish &@%# in it.


38 posted on 05/17/2012 11:02:43 AM PDT by SargeK
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Actually I thought North Carolina was the 1st to ban it and now has changed their minds..

These are the same folks hell-bent on closing down the Vermont-Yankee Nuke PLant. Let um the dumb arses!

Funny thing is if the mountains in VT are an extension of the Appalachian ( was well as the Berkshires in Mass ) do they not also have "Gas" like they have in PA?

What formation may they have under their feet (i.e. other than York, Marcellus etc )?

39 posted on 05/17/2012 11:04:17 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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While I support efforts to increase oil and gas production in this country, the more I've learned about “fracking”, the more I've come to distrust it.

I'm not a geologist, but I had a few such courses in college, and you don't have to have a degree in the subject to see many problems resulting from extensive fracturing of subterranean rock strata to release locked up oil/gas. The threat to aquifers is enormous. If you were depend on groundwater for your water needs, you'd oppose people who risk poisoning your well also!

40 posted on 05/17/2012 11:12:09 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: FreedomPoster; a fool in paradise

How are humans going to multiply without fracking?!


41 posted on 05/17/2012 11:14:16 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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And Vermont has negligible shale gas, so it’s the equivalent of Oklahoma banning whaling.


42 posted on 05/17/2012 11:17:11 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: FreedomPoster

Heh....I thought this was a parody. No such luck...


43 posted on 05/17/2012 11:20:34 AM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.)
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To: Bernard Marx
“Groundwater is not affected by fracking.”

That's a big BRAVO SIERRA!!

When the the rock strata are fractured, there is no way to know with certainty that the aquifer layers will not be violated. Our knowledge and mapping of the subsurface structures is imperfect; with a lot of guesswork involved. Once petroleum seeps into an aquifer, it's gone; forever.

It's just as wrong to fall for industry's lies as it is to parrot the eviro-weenies’ lies!

44 posted on 05/17/2012 11:21:19 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: albie

VT should be bslapped with an energy surcharge for this.


45 posted on 05/17/2012 11:26:35 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The President who ate the dog, will soon wag the dog.)
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To: FreedomPoster

What is so funny about this, is there is no oil or gas or shale gas in Vermont.


46 posted on 05/17/2012 11:27:24 AM PDT by richardtavor
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And Vermont has negligible shale gas, so it’s the equivalent of Oklahoma banning whaling.

In a related development, the State of Texas has passed a law prohibiting anyone from painting any of its native icebergs pink.
47 posted on 05/17/2012 11:30:36 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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“Vermont first state to ban fracking”

“Thousands of despondent teenagers commit suicide.”


48 posted on 05/17/2012 11:36:09 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
OK, show us the proof where an aquifer was damaged by fracing? And it can't be in places like Pennsylvania where oil was found in 1859 at 69’? Crickets. Where do you think all of the oil that is generated in the subsurface by source rocks ends up when it is not entrapped in a conventional reservoir? I'll give you a hint. Since they are less dense than water, they are buoyant and come up to the surface. Here are a few pictures of the phenomenon.

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49 posted on 05/17/2012 11:39:40 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: henkster

“I DRINK YOUR MEEEEELKSHAKE!!!!!!”


50 posted on 05/17/2012 11:42:08 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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