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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lingering Questions About Health And Environmental Risks From Fracking

A rig drills for natural gas which will eventually be released using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on leased private property outside Rifle, in western Colorado, March 29, 2013. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

A rig drills for natural gas which will eventually be released using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on leased private property outside Rifle, in western Colorado, March 29, 2013. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

All this week, we’re talking about energy issues in the U.S. Today, we look at hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process of injecting chemicals and water into rock to release natural gas and oil.

Though fracking has been going on in the U.S. for years, the debate over it has reached a fever pitch. Last month, New York became the first state with significant natural gas reserves to ban fracking, after completing a long-awaited report on health and environmental impacts.

Abrahm Lustgarten, who writes about energy and the environment for ProPublica, talks to Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd about where the fracking debate is likely to go in 2015.

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