California, here it comes—a surge of extreme energy methods like fracking that potentially threaten the Golden State's water, air and health. And those on the frontlines of that energy rush are troubled.
The era of "extreme energy" is marked by industry attempts to drill in harsh Arctic Ocean waters for oil, blast off mountaintops for coal in Appalachia, and shoot hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemically treated water into the earth to extract oil and gas.
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, has been largely deregulated, with exemptions from key portions of federal laws, including: The Safe Drinking Water Act, The Clean Air Act, and The Clean Water Act.
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