Hydraulic Fracturing, ‘Fracking,’ Banned In Buffalo, NY

Posted by Trish Riley, February 14, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The city of Buffalo, New York, banned the natural gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing on Tuesday, a largely symbolic vote that demonstrates concern about potential harm to groundwater from mining an abundant energy source.

The city council voted 9-0 to prohibit natural gas extraction including the process known as “fracking” in which chemicals, sand and water are blasted deep into the earth to fracture shale formations and allow gas to escape.

The ordinance also bans storing, transferring, treating or disposing of fracking waste within the city.

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