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Broward County commissioners outlawed fracking Tuesday, even as a fracking friendly bill continued foward progress in the state legislature.
Last week, California filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department over its plan to undo an Obama-era regulation on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands.
The state of Ohio is hardly alone, and injection goes far beyond fracking.
But sanctions aside, few countries besides the U.S. and Canada have had real success with fracking, an often high-cost technique that rewards entrepreneurial risk taking and benefits from a looser regulatory regime.
New drilling techniques, including fracking and horizontal drilling, have made gas production far more efficient.
Between 2010 and 2014, Obama presided over a 30 percent boom in mining jobs, thanks to a burst in energy demand and a fracking revolution whose technology was decades in the making.
The center says fracking is on the rise in federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
There were the perennial goals, like a statewide fracking ban.
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Did You Know?
Hydraulic fracturing is a technique in which a liquid is injected under high pressure into a well in order to create tiny fissures in the rock deep beneath the earth which then allow gas and oil to flow into the well. The term "hydraulic fracturing" is first known to have appeared in print in a 1948 issue of Oil & Gas Journal. A 1953 issue of the same journal also contains the earliest known print use of "fracking." The word fracking (sometimes spelled fraccing or fracing, particularly by those in the gas and oil industries) was created by shortening "fracturing." The addition of the "k" brings the word into conformity with the inflected forms of similar English words ending in a vowel plus "c," such as shellacking, panicking, and frolicking.
Origin and Etymology of fracking
First Known Use: 1953See Words from the same year
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