Environment

What the Frac?

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorFeb 13, 2009 10:27 AM

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The Utah state legislature is getting odder by the day. Recently, it passed a  bill that prohibited wildlife from being injected with birth control substances--except in special circumstances and then only by authorized personnel. I explained the reason here. Today, a senate committee of the state legislature is taking up consideration of a bill that

urges Congress to preserve the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act and to refrain from passing legislation that would remove the hydraulic fracturing exemption.

Now why would Utah pols want to do that, just as evidence is emerging that ground water in the West is being contaminated by mysterious drilling fluids used widely by energy companies?

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