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Pennsylvania Bans Fracking on Public Lands

Sarah Lazare @ Common Dreams - New Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order on Thursday reinstating a moratorium on new fracking leases in Pennsylvania's public parks and forests. The move is being heralded by residents as an important step but still short of the state-wide ban they say is needed.  Read more.

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