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Battle Los Angeles: the fight to stop urban fracking

• newscientist.com
 

California is emerging as the new battleground over the fracking process – in which water, sand and chemical additives are injected into rock formations to release the hydrocarbons trapped within. It is a fight that could become a political lightning rod, as the sites earmarked for development include densely populated urban areas.

So far the US controversy over fracking has been most intense in Pennsylvania, New York and other north-eastern states, where natural gas lies in shale formations in mostly rural areas.

Fracking is also responsible for an oil boom that has transformed remote North Dakota – bringing prosperity for some, but raising concerns about pollution.

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