New Drilling Method Draws Deeper Scrutiny

Law360, New York (September 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Over the last few years, energy companies have begun using hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling to extract natural gas from shale formations throughout the United States. Opposition to the technique has popped up, however, over concerns that it could poison groundwater and have other adverse environmental effects.

Hydraulic fracturing — in which water, sand and chemicals are injected into rock formations under tremendous amounts of pressure in order to stimulate production — was first used commercially more than 50 years ago, and it is now used...
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