Ohio Dems. Want To Halt “Fracking”

Some environmental activists say "fracking" can pollute groundwater supplies.(Photo: yourlawyer (Flickr))
Some environmental activists say "fracking" can pollute groundwater supplies.(Photo: yourlawyer (Flickr))

Ohio is the latest state where opponents are pushing a ban on a controversial form of drilling that injects chemicals into shale to release natural gas.

Democratic state Senator Michael Skindell has introduced a bill calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to await results of a U.S. EPA study of potential environmental hazards. Ohio would join New York and New Jersey among states above the fuel rich Marcellus shale if it imposes the ban.

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a separate study on the potential economic benefits of gas drilling.

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