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Due to the expansion of hydraulic fracturing technologies, the United States is on the verge of surpassing Russia as the world’s leading producer of oil and gas. As hydraulic fracturing—commonly known as fracking—has risen into the national spotlight, its media footprint has expanded exponentially. A quick scan of today’s headlines will show fracking associated with everything from air pollution to earthquakes. But if you judge fracking simply by what the media reports—as most people do—you’ll have a skewed perception of the industry.

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