Anti-fracking activists led by actor Mark Ruffalo tout new report

September 17, 2014 12:07 AM

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Two months ago, the Dan A. Hughes Oil Company dropped its plans to drill an exploratory well adjacent to the Golden Gates Estates development in Collier County in Southwest Florida. That was big news to environmental activists throughout the state who feared that Hughes Oil was considering using an "enhanced extraction" procedure considered synonymous with fracking, the controversial procedure that extracts oil and natural gas out of the ground by injecting large volumes of various mixes of water, sand and chemicals deep underground, at extreme pressure, to create fractures in targeted rock formations.

So at the moment, there is no fracking going on in Florida. But while that technology hasn't been employed here, it's been used for years in the Northeast, Texas, and in Western states like South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming. Yet there have been concerns all along about its safety, because of the po...

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