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Debate over fracking heats up (Listen again)
(2011-11-16)
(KSFR) -

It wasn't that long ago that few ordinary people had ever heard of the term Fracking....much less knowing what it is. That's no longer the case. It's become headline news in some parts of the nation and of debate in the halls of congress. When oil and gas drillers insert a water and chemical mixture into their wells, it's designed to fracture the rock to make it easier for the oil or gas to flow out and into the well bore.

As the issue becomes talked about more and more, industry has moved to start talking about it publicly. The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association is taking part in a nationwide program conducted by the industry to disclose the chemical compounds in fracking fluids. When the initiative came up this past summer, I spoke with Steve Henke of the state oil and gas associaton about it.

Now, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center is taking on this issue, asking state regulators to take a harder stance on fracking. Doug Miklejohn is head of the law center.

The Oil and Gas Commission meets Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. at the Chino Building, St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe.



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