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  • n. hydraulic fracturing

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Examples

  • Like its cousin, mountain top removal, hydrofracking is a high-tech way of extracting fossil fuels that can have devastating impacts on surrounding ecosystems.

    Steven Cohen: Finding our Fossil Fuel Fix: Hydrofracking, Deepwater Drilling and Mountain Top Removal

  • The new EPA study to research fracking risks comes after the agency's 2004 study labeled the practice as safe and paved the way for passage of a 2005 legislation that exempted hydrofracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

    Olesia Plokhii: 'Fracking' Becomes Major Issue In New York's 24th District

  • And national energy companies are advertising heavily in an effort to convince the public that the extraction method, commonly known as hydrofracking, is safe and economically beneficial.

    Steven Cohen: Can Andrew Cuomo Meet the Leadership Challenge of Hydrofracking Policy?

  • Some landowners who have soured on the gas companies say they are not opposed to the drilling itself, also called hydrofracking.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Opponents fear the process, called hydrofracking or fracking, will contaminate water supplies with either leaked methane or chemicals added to the millions of gallons of fracking water used to free natural gas from dense shale rock a mile underground.

    The Seattle Times

  • Hydraulic fracturing, called hydrofracking, blasts vast volumes of water, sand and chemicals into shale, releasing trapped gas.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Meet the New York Water Rangers, the stars of an advertising campaign by environmental groups seeking to mobilize opposition to the natural gas drilling method known as hydrofracking.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Quinnipiac's survey also revealed that by a 47% -42% margin, voters believe the economic benefits of natural gas drilling in upstate's Marcellus Shale Belt - a process known as hydrofracking - outweigh the environmental concerns.

    NY Daily News

  • A panel charged with advising New York officials on regulating a controversial form of natural gas extraction known as hydrofracking will first examine whether the state government has enough staff members to properly monitor and enforce new drilling regulations.

    NYT > Home Page

  • More than 90 percent of well operators in Pennsylvania use this process, known as hydrofracking, to get wells to produce.

    NYT > Global Home

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  • Does this method of gas extraction endanger the environment and drinking water supplies? None of your hydrofracking business!

    December 24, 2009

  • This so-ugly-it's-beautiful word is a contraction of hydraulic fracturing. A method of freeing natural gas trapped in subsurface shale formations that involves drilling, blasting through, and fracturing shale rock with a pressurized mix of water, sand, and a cocktail of chemicals.

    December 24, 2009