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ON THE LINE: The Controversy of Hydraulic Fracturingi
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May 23, 2014 3:00 AM
Recent technological advances have allowed oil and gas companies to unlock the vast resources of natural gas trapped in shale formations through Hydraulic Fracturing, or Fracking. The method of fracking has been around for 60 years, so why is it controversial and the information about its safety so confusing? Find out next, On The Line.

ON THE LINE: The Controversy of Hydraulic Fracturing

Published May 22, 2014

Recent technological advances have allowed oil and gas companies to unlock the vast resources of natural gas trapped in shale formations through Hydraulic Fracturing, or Fracking. The method of fracking has been around for 60 years, so why is it controversial and the information about its safety so confusing? Find out next, On The Line.

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