Will Fracking Spread Across America?

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The Prez has hardly made it a secret that he supports fracking as part of his push for domestic oil and natural gas development, with the Obama administration announcing last week that it plans on setting environmental standards for hydraulic fracturing.

And what happens in D.C. does not stay in D.C. -- states other than those sitting atop the gas-rich Marcellus shale are eager to get on the bandwagon, though environmental and public health concerns have yet to be resolved.

In Michigan, where a form of some hydraulic fracturing has been going on since the 1960s, some have called for an expansion of exploration.

The state's Dems have just shot back with proposed legislation that would require frackers to disclose chemicals used during the process, according to MLive.com.

And Salon.com has a report today that state politicians in Pennsylvania and Colorado have tried to override local pols' attemps to ban fracking from their municipalities.

Meanwhile, ProPublica just reported that ALEC (and ExxonMobil) have been staunch advocates of keeping the chemicals secret. Shortly after, a report came out today claiming that environmental officials in England linked fracking activities to minor earthquakes.

In New York, fracking remains shrouded in mystery, though Albany is expected to release recs on the practice soon.

Check back to the Voice for updates.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.


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