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August 13, 2013   Coast Insider Audio


In the first half of Monday’s show, Peak Oil educator and fossil fuel critic, Richard Heinberg, discussed the problematic aspects of fracking as an energy resource. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a technique of drilling or injecting fluid into the ground (particularly shale) at high pressure, creating fissures in which oil and gas flow out of the formation. There are a number of environmental issues associated with the procedure, including contamination of drinking water, he reported, though industry proponents claim that fracking is safe. Where there are environmental and human health problems, the first thing the fracking industry tries to do is settle out of court with the people involved, stipulating non-disclosure agreements, Heinberg detailed. “That’s why it’s been difficult to document some of these instances,” he added.

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