As fossil fuel industries contemplate New Mexico as the next major area to develop natural gas, one county is taking preventative measures to protect its water, reports Rebecca Leber at Climate Progress. Mora County in New Mexico has become the first county in the US to ban oil drilling and the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing. For Mora County, fracking is particularly contentious because everyone relies on water wells. Fracking relies heavily on water. In areas that face exceptional drought like New Mexico, that means fracking must compete with farmers and others, such as beer brewers, for already scarce resources. The county joins many cities that have already banned fracking. County commissioner Alfonso Griego noted that he supported the ban because he feels that federal and state laws fail to adequately protect communities from the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. He said, “They just come in and do whatever is necessary for them to make profits. So we don’t want any oil and gas extraction in the county of Mora. It’s beautiful here.”
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First County In The U.S. Bans Fracking To Save rIts Water