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Lander County Challenges Fracking

Another rural Nevada county is joining the fight against hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

Officials in Lander County and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed formal protests over the Bureau of Land Management’s July 17th sale of leases of some 174,000 acres of public land to be used for the controversial process. Opponents of fracking say the enormous amount of water used in the process is a bad idea in a time of severe drought. The land in question is around Big Smoky Valley between Austin and Tonopah. The BLM says the protests are under review.

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