Vermont’s Hypocritical Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

On Wednesday May 16th, 2012 Governor Peter Shumlin signed H. 464 which outlawed hydraulic fracturing in his state.

The governor failed to mention that he was banning a technology which would never have been utilized because Vermont has no oil and gas reserves. He claimed that “this is a job creator” and had his picture taken with a sign that said, “Don’t Frack Vermont,” while being a governor of a state that produces zero oil and gas, and does not have the potential to produce any.

The 8 442 million  cubic feet per year of natural gas consumed by the state is piped in from Canada, a country which has been hydraulically fracturing wells for over 50 years.