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Environmentalists hope to ban fracking in Massachusetts

Environmentalists are hoping to ban hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in Massachusetts. (Photo by Katie Orlinsky/Getty Images) Environmentalists are hoping to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Massachusetts. Credit: Katie Orlinsky/Getty Images

Massachusetts environmentalists are hoping to ban fracking from the Commonwealth.

On Wednesday, Environment Massachusetts announced in a release their petition to support H.788, a bill that would prohibit the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing in the state. The method uses pressurized liquid to crack rocks, which allows the extraction of natural gas and oil.

"In light of the threats to our environment and to our health, we cannot allow fracking — or its toxic waste — to come to Massachusetts," said Rep. Denise Provost, sponsor of H.788.

“In states like Pennsylvania, we have already seen fracking contaminate drinking water and make nearby residents sick,” John Rumpler, senior attorney for Environment Massachusetts, said in a statement. "Residents looking at this track record have one message for their legislators today: Keep this dirty drilling out of Massachusetts."

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