As primary season continues on, the races are shaping up to be drawn out affairs for both parties. In the wake of Bernie Sanders's surprise upset in Michigan's primaries it is a good time to note that at this point, both Democratic candidates are openly criticizing fracking. During the debate on March 7th, in Detroit, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders expressed intentions to effectively ban fracking, either directly or through regulation. This stance is in line with Bernie Sanders's record on the issue of natural gas development, but Hillary Clinton has begun to take a harder line on the future of fracking in the United States. Policies banning fracking would impact not only energy development in the United States but would have a tremendous impact on other industries, such as the industrial sand producers in the states.
Here are the the respective opinions from both Democratic candidates:
Hillary Clinton: "I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking can continue to take place,” with all the conditions she would impose on the practice.
Bernie Sanders: “We’ve got to regulate everything that is currently underway,” and anybody who is fracking must disclose all chemicals they are using. He went on to say fracking can’t be done safely, he doesn’t support it, and it is a “national crisis”.