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Department
Geography
Course
Geography 3422A/B
Professor
Milford Green
Semester
Fall

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Focus on Fracking 11/19/2012 11:23:00 AM Highlights:  Hydraulic fracturing o Requires about six million gallons of water to break open rocks far below the surface and release oil and natural gas o Fracking has revived prospects for oil-and-gas production in the US o The biggest challenge to future development is simply getting access to sufficient water  Criticism of fracking focuses mainly on concerns that the chemicals energy companies are mixing with the water could contaminate underground aquifers o Pennsylvania – industry and state regulators have cracked down on the amount of salty water from fracking jobs being sent to water-treatment plants that weren't designed for it
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