Vermont, the New England state known for maple syrup, picturesque mountains and historic farms, now claims the title as the first state in the nation to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Exempted from the national Clean Water Act or the Safe Drinking Water Act, the booming fracking industry has often left states scrambling for their own regulatory devices, often against great political opposition and typically somewhat after the fact.
Taking precaution from nearby states like New York and Pennsylvania, states that have a deep and often volatile relationship with fracking given the rich natural gas deposits found in the Marcellus and Utica shale reserves, Vermont has decided to bypass a moratorium and instate a full-out ban on the practice. Some argue that Vermont could make this decision more easily when compared with other states given local geology; Vermont is not known for its oil and gas reserves, save a Utica shale deposit located in the northwest portion of the state. State geologist Larry Becker commented that “deposits could not have survived the heat and pressure in Vermont’s geologic history.”. . . .
HINT--HINT Ohio and each and every Other State of the Union of the United States of America.