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Idaho continues to pursue fracking
In a gutsy and to some a surprising, move, North Carolina’s Governor Beverly Purdue vetoed legislation which would have allowed hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, to start in the state.
Purdue joins a growing list of other state executives across the nation who are not being bought and paid for by oil companies
Research by some of the leading independent news sources show that politicians in states with a pro-fracking stance are among the highest recipients of campaign dollars and other gifts and bonuses from oil and gas companies.
Other state leaders around the country are putting the environment ahead of riches and personal wealth to start a pushback against the controversial method of drilling.
In California, “fracking” has brought environmentalists and growers to the table because of a shared concern about the impact of the drilling method on water in the state.
"Farmers and environmentalists may not always see eye to eye, but we all rely on clean water," Jonathan Evans of the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, told Reuters. "When you have the greens and growers speaking out on the dangers of fracking, it's time for the regulators to sit up and listen."
Over the past three years, other states have expressed regret over allowing “fracking” and are tightening the guidelines that allow drillers to continue.
Fountains of oil and gas drilling waste have appeared in Oklahoma and Louisiana while in South Florida, 20 of the nation’s most stringently regulated disposal wells have failed releasing partly treated sewage into aquifers that are needed to supply Miami's drinking water.