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Vermont becomes 1st state to ban fracking

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VERMONT (CNN) -

Vermont's governor has signed a bill making it the first state to ban fracking, the controversial practice to extract natural gas from the ground.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says fracking contaminates groundwater.

He hopes other states will follow their lead.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has unleashed a boom in energy production in the US by allowing the extraction of oil and gas from shale rock.  

Supporters say it has reduced the country's oil imports, boosted natural gas production and provided thousands of jobs.

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