Hydrofracking may lead to oil discovery in Nevada but comes with environmental concerns
7 December 2012
Buried beneath Nevada's desert are rich reserves of gold, copper and other natural resources. But when it comes to oil, the state is a lightweight. Nevada is one of the lowest oil-producing states in the country. Extraction has plunged over the past few decades. And yet, energy companies are showing more interest in the Silver State. An increasingly popular and controversial drilling technique that can pump oil from once-impenetrable places has nudged some companies to reconsider Nevada. “It’s worth another look now,” Nevada state geologist Jim Faulds said. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves companies blasting water, sand and chemicals thousands ...
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