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Claims of Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

Claims of Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

Learn more about claims that hydraulic fracturing helps people.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: Kettleman Hills

Side Trips from Interstate 5: Kettleman Hills

This side trip takes you into the quiet range of hills that runs along the freeway south of Coalinga.

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Fracking in Urban Oilfields: A New Study Sparks More Debate

Fracking in Urban Oilfields: A New Study Sparks More Debate

A rigorous study shows that fracking is unharmful when the stakes are high. Not much should be made of it.

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Fracking Gives Hydrogen Fuel Cells New Life

Fracking Gives Hydrogen Fuel Cells New Life

In 2009, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy Steven Chu dismissed zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as an impractical alternative to electric cars. Now an abundant supply of natural gas, from which hydrogen can be extracted, is changing Chu's mind, but that natural gas comes from the controversial hydraulic fracturing process.

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Fracking in California: Any Cause For Concern?

Fracking in California: Any Cause For Concern?

California oil producers use hydraulic fracturing to goose more oil out of old wells. The benefit is clear, but the costs are too unclear for comfort.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: Coalinga Country

Side Trips from Interstate 5: Coalinga Country

No one likes the huge cattle feedlot north of Coalinga. Take this geological side trip and avoid the smell entirely.

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Petroleum in the Bay Area

Petroleum in the Bay Area

California's early oil districts included Half Moon Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can still find oil and gas around these parts.

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