Legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing cleared Vermont's Legislature Friday and will now go to the governor. The bill also orders the state's secretary of natural resources to come up with a report on the potential effects of fracking on the environment and public health. "We believe that hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas can be done in an environmentally sound manner. Banning it at this time is premature," said Joe Choquette, a representative of the American Petroleum Institute, in response to the bill's passage.
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