By Joel Williams
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Mora County, New Mexico became the first county in the nation to pass an ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing for oil, more commonly known as fracking. The county's five thousand residents all rely on wells for drinking water, a dangerous situation given concerns over fracking causing ground water contamination. Fracking was first banned on a local level in Pittsburgh in 2000, and has since been banned in over a dozen other cities from coast to coast. The county cited its ability to regulate commercial activity as grounds for prohibiting fracking.