James Pardo questioned a new Massachusetts ban on hydraulic fracturing, because the state already bans the type of wells typically used to drill for oil so fracking was unlikely to take place there. “What is the Legislature doing here?” Mr. Pardo asked. “They are grandstanding a bit. They might as well ban time-travel. It's not happening in Massachusetts, and it won't happen in Massachusetts.” He added that energy companies have much greater incentive to fight fracking bans in states with more substantial energy resources, like Colorado.