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What’s All The Fuss About Fracking in California?

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Hydraulic fracturing means drillers will inject water, sand and chemicals into deep shale formations to break apart the ground to release oil or natural gas.  This new bill will be enforced starting in January 2014.

Hydraulic fracturing means drillers will inject water, sand and chemicals into deep shale formations to break apart the ground to release oil or natural gas. This new bill will be enforced starting in January 2014.

Governor Jerry Brown approved California’s first set of regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Also known as fracking, this particular technique creates ruptures that release oil or natural gas. KQED’s The Lowdown explores what this will mean for oil drillers, possible environmental concerns, and how it will impact not only California, but also the nation.

Animated Explainer: What’s All The Fuss About Fracking in California?Animated Explainer: What’s All The Fuss About Fracking in California? Includes animations and map Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to create California’s first set of regulations on hydraulic fracturing. The controversial extraction technique, commonly known as fracking, involves the high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals into deep shale formations in order to create fractures that release reserves of oil or natural gas.

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Almetria Vaba administers the California edition of PBS LearningMedia, a new digital media service for educators from PBS and WGBH. Check it out at: ca.pbslearningmedia.org.