An environmental committee at Massachusetts Statehouse has approved a bill, imposing a 10-year ban on fracking for natural gas. The move comes as a wave of earthquakes in Texas has raised new concerns over the controversial drilling technique.
Anti-fracking sentiment grows among Texans
Texas had listed nearly 6,000 oil and gas fracking wells on FracFocus, an industry fracking disclosure site as of March 2012, according to SourceWatch.org.
Supporters of fracking insist that the practice is safe, helps to keep energy prices lower and secures the US’s energy independence.