New Mexico County First In The Nation To Ban Fracking

High Country News

The tiny town of Pavillion, Wyo., sits in the middle of the state's gas patch, and in the midst of the heated national debate over the risks hydraulic fracturing poses to water quality. Residents complained about well water turning brown after drillers fracked nearby gas wells. In 2011, the EPA released a draft report linking the area's groundwater pollution to fracking ("Feds link water contamination to fracking for the first time," HCN, 12/9/11). The findings helped encourage local governments nationwide to try to gain more control over oil and gas development.

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