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Hydraulic fracturing

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Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking -- using water, sand and chemicals at high-pressure to crack shale formations and release oil and gas -- is practiced in more than 30 states. But we’re still learning about how communities may be impacted by the practice.

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Beneath the farms, orchards and vineyards of Central and Southern California lies a prehistoric soup worth a fortune. But new ways of extracting oil and gas have come with reports of air and water pollutions, as well as risks to public and environmental health. This has many in California concerned.

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California sits atop an enormous shale deposit, raising the prospect of significant fracking activity. State regulators and lawmakers are looking to adopt new regulations. How much financial muscle is the oil and natural gas industry flexing in the decision being made about fracking in California?

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Drilling for oil and gas using high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" may soon be a source of controversy in California. As a 2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow, I'll examine what the potential health risks are and how state agencies plan to regulate the industry.

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