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AIR DATE: March 13, 2013

An increasing number of oil companies say they are exploring hydraulic fracturing in Nevada to find oil.  "Fracking," as it is commonly known, involves blasting water, sand and chemicals into the ground to break rock formations which release oil and gas deposits. The process is controversial. Some evidence has suggested it could contaminate ground water. Is it a good option for Nevada? Or should we invest more in renewable options?  Experts from the oil and gas industry and the renewable energy industry will debate that tonight at an event sponsored by the World Affairs Council. We'll talk with an oil and gas expert about Nevada's energy potential and the global debate over climate change and renewable energy.

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Rayola Dougher, Senior Economic Advisor, American Petroleum Institute

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    States where hydraulic fracturing is already occurring have shown critical repercussions to ground water, soil, and air quality. The industry will spout off glossy PR statements in order to sway the public. They are all untrue. Experts from prestigious institutions such as Cornell, Yale, and UC Berkeley have all studied this in depth and have confirmed there are very serious public health risks from contamination. We cannot put dollars before public health. Without clean water, soil, and air we have nothing.
    Dawn HarrisJul 16, 2013 12:46:15 PM
    Your guest today lied through her teeth!!! you as independent impartial representatives of the truth have an obligation to the public to correct her story and yours! Hydro fracking is exempt from the clean water act, the safe drinking water act, and the clean air act. It is called the Halliburton loophole and was passed as part of the 2005 energy act by you guessed it Dick Cheney.See it in the ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005. Go to Page 102, Section 322. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. SEC. 322. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. Paragraph (1) of section 1421(d) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300h(d)) is amended to read as follows: (1) UNDERGROUND INJECTION.The term underground injection (A) means the subsurface emplacement of fluids by well injection; and (B) EXCLUDES (i) the underground injection of natural gas for purposes of storage; and (ii) the underground injection of fluids or propping agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities.
    Christian GerlachMar 13, 2013 20:52:39 PM
    I worked as a wellsite geologist on over a dozen oil wells in Railroad valley in Nye county, and I can tell you that a drill stem test from 14,300 feet deep brought up fresh water to the surface. Water that chemically tested to H2O and 50ppm iron. Period. If you are going to frac the Pioche shale, you better be darn careful about your fresh water. DARN CAREFUL. Can't emphasize that enough.
    Dave FocardiMar 13, 2013 09:27:26 AM
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