BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Environmentalists are calling for a ban on fracking in Massachusetts. They're trying to stop natural gas drilling before it begins.
Last December, the U.S. Geological Survey found shale gas deposits in the Pioneer Valley that could be drilled for natural gas.
A group of environmentalists delivered 11,000 signatures to state lawmakers in envelopes that spell out "Don't Frack MA!" They're supporting legislation that would ban natural gas drilling, also known as fracking, in Massachusetts. The legislation would also prevent neighboring states from sending their wastewater, byproducts of fracking, to Massachusetts for processing.
Attorney John Rumpler told 22News, "Fracking has polluted our water and endangered the health of residents and state across the count. We're deeply concerned that the drilling companies could eye western Massachusetts as a dumping ground for their toxic waste."
Currently there are no proposals to drill in Massachusetts.
Proponents of fracking say it creates jobs and reduces America's dependence on foreign oil.