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Once unopposed, fracking bills gain opposition as they move in House

Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Fort Myers, on March 7 speaks to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee about his bills dealing with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

House bills that would require disclosure of certain chemicals used in oil and gas hydraulic fracturing while providing exemptions for others as protected "trade secrets" are facing increasing environmental opposition. 

Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting large volumes of water, sand or other materials and specialized chemicals into wells under enough pressure to fracture the formations holding the oil or gas, according to the Congressional Research Service. Concerns have been raised about groundwater contamination and air pollution from fracking.

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