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New York, N.Y. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Monday said he would ban all fracking in the United States.
Fracking is the latest method the oil and gas industry has launched here to economically extract oil and gas.
Fracking, however, has increased the number of earthquakes and tremors where ever it has been conducted.
In his statement Sanders said he was the only candidate who would ban fracking everywhere.
“The growing body of evidence tells us that fracking is a danger to our water supply, our most precious resource. It is a danger to the air we breathe. It has resulted in more earthquakes. It is highly explosive. And it is contributing to climate change,” he said.
“We cannot, we must not allow our children to be poisoned by toxic drinking water just so a handful of fossil fuel companies can make even more profits,” Sanders said.
Sanders was speaking to a crowd of 5,000 persons at a rally at Veterans Memorial Arena in the southern tier section of New York known as the fracking belt.
Fracking has been banned in New York and Vermont, and there is a moratorium on it in Maryland.
The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission has issued a ban on disposal wells within a 1,150 sq. mile area north of Conway in the Fayetteville shale oil region. The wells were being released on a live fault line which experienced 1,200 minor earthquakes.
However, fracking has not been banned in the State of Arkansas, according to an Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission spokesman. Currently there is no fracking being conducted here due to the drop in oil and gas prices, the spokesman said.
On Feb. 17 this year a lawsuit was filed to reduce fracking in Oklahoma — three days after a 5.1 magnitude quake was felt in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska. New Mexico and Texas. The federal suit was filed by the Sierra Club and Public Justice against three oil companies conducting major fracking in Oklahoma.