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US region bans oil and gas drilling

Mora County, New Mexico, outlaws fracking and blocks exploration companies in US first.

Last Modified: 27 May 2013 23:30
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A rural New Mexico region has banned oil and gas extraction, including hydraulic fracturing for gas, or fracking.

Mora County has also blocked energy companies from exploring for valuable resources within its boundaries in its attempt to protect its supply.

The commission that introduced the ban has said that 95 percent of people in the county support the decision, but opponents are expected to fight it in the courts.

Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher reports from New Mexico.

 

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