Heartland Institute Reacts to Fracking Moratorium in Vermont

January 27, 2012

The Fish and Wildlife Committee in the Vermont House voted yesterday to enact a three year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. Similar legislation is under consideration in the state Senate.

According to the state geologist, Vermont has no known resources that could be developed through fracking, and no companies have taken action to pursue hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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“This is absolutely amusing, banning energy development where there is no energy. New Hampshire is called the Granite State, and that is what underlies Vermont as well. Of course the idea is to just show that Vermont does not want any of that dirty old fossil fuel, which of course just shows off the low IQ of Vermont legislators.”

Jay Lehr
Science Director
The Heartland Institute

“Without any known resource potential, this action has little, if any, policy significance and serves only to empower environmental activists in nearby states to prevent safe development of their own proven resources. Even President Obama has jumped on the shale bandwagon, recognizing the vast economic and environmental benefits that can be realized when natural gas is responsibly extracted. It would be a mistake if other localities used the committee’s decision to rationalize taking similar actions within their borders.”

John Monaghan
Legislative Specialist for Environmental Policy
The Heartland Institute

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