Where communities have banned fracking

New York became the second state in the United States to ban fracking on Wednesday; more than 200 individual communities in New York had already passed local bans on the practice.

The bans prohibit hydraulic fracturing, which is a process used to extract natural gas from shale rock deep underground by injecting sand, water, and chemicals. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said potential health risks and uncertain economic benefits led to his decision.

Vermont was the first state to ban the drilling technique in 2012 though it was considered symbolic since experts said there was little to no natural gas within state borders.


In August, Connecticut banned statewide the storage or handling of fracking waste. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie twice vetoed bills that would have banned the dumping of fracking waste in the state.

Across the United States more than 400 cities, towns, counties, districts, and states have attempted to ban fracking or practices associated with fracking, according to advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Browse below to see where they are, what action they have taken, and read their resolutions.

Communities that have proposed to ban fracking or transporting fracking waste by state

Number of cities, towns, counties, or groups
  • 0
  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-40
  • Statewide

DATA: Food & Water Watch

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List of cities, counties, districts, or groups that proposed banning fracking or transporting fracking waste

DATA: Food & Water Watch

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Correction: An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect count of states that have banned fracking.