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New Mexico County is First in U.S. to Ban Drilling and Fracking

Adele Peters

Rural Mora County, New Mexico, with just 5,000 residents, is the first county in the United States to ban both drilling for oil and fracking for natural gas. A local official said that state and federal laws don't fully protect communities from the harm that can come from something like fracking, so they decided to take matters into their own hands.

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