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Sanders introduces bill to ban fracking

Sanders introduces bill to ban fracking
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal MORE (I-Vt.) this week introduced a bill that aims to ban hydraulic fracking. 

The bill was introduced on Tuesday and is titled "a bill to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes," according to the Library of Congress, though the text of the legislation was not available on the site. 

Sanders has called for a ban on fracking while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, as has Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE (D-Mass.). 

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Sanders tweeted about the bill, which he said was also worked on by Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleySenate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Flags, signs and other items left behind in Capitol riot to be preserved as historical artifacts MORE (D-Ore.) and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Facebook, Zuckerberg 'bear partial responsibility' for insurrection Belfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington AOC's Ministry of Truth MORE (D-N.Y.) and Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoER doctor chosen to lead Hispanic Caucus House Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Radiation elevated at fracking sites, researchers find MORE (D-Fla.) on Thursday. Merkley was listed as a co-sponsor. 

The tweet included a video of actor Mark Ruffalo talking about a potential federal ban fracking. 

"Mark Ruffalo just spoiled Bernie and AOC's bill to ban fracking," the video said. 

However, the announcement of the bill drew criticism from those in the oil industry.

“Banning a safe, successful method of developing energy would erase a generation of American energy progress and in the process destroy millions of U.S. jobs, spike household energy costs and hurt farmers and manufacturers," said Bethany Aronhalt, American Petroleum Institute spokeswoman. 

Updated: 6:09 p.m.