29 Aug '14, 9pm

Empty study paves the way for fracking in California

Empty study paves the way for fracking in California

Well, there you have it, ladies and gents: Fracking’s just fine ! A study found no significant evidence to suggest that fracking and similar extraction techniques are harmful to the environment. Energy companies poised to dig into California’s reserves are breathing a sigh of relief. The findings pave the way for the Bureau of Land Management to resume issuing oil and gas leases on federal land in California next year, following a temporary halt to the practice last year and the defeat of an attempted statewide moratorium on fracking this spring. But here’s the catch: The study didn’t contain much information. From the Los Angeles Times : For example, the report found no evidence of water contamination from fracking in California, but the scientist directing the research, Jane Long, said researchers also had no data on the quality of water near fracking sites. “We can only...

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