New York's Fracking Ban Is an Example Why the Shale Boom Took Off

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New York State has been one of the center points of the fracking debate here in the US. The resistance by local groups has led the entire state to consider a ban on fracking. This resistance has in some ways been a benefit to the industry as a whole. The public's desire for more transparency in fracking has led to new initiatives like Halliburton's (NYSE: HAL  ) drive to create a fracking fluid only using ingredients used in the food industry and the establishment of voluntary disclosure websites like fracfocus.org that lets the public know what companies are doing in a neighborhood near you. Tune into the segment below where Tyler discusses how this has actually made the industry stronger and allowed the shale boom to take off in the US. 

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