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Mar 18 - Meet The Frackers

Mar 18 - Meet The Frackers
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It has the oil industry very excited, but could fracking in New Zealand affect our drinking water and cause earthquakes?

The process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves pumping a high pressure mixture of chemicals, sand and up to three hundred thousand litres of fresh water deep into the earth to fracture the rock and release the oil and gas.

The oil industry claims the process is perfectly safe, but concerns about the practice have been great enough to have fracking banned in France, Bulgaria and parts of Australia and America.

Now, as the East Coast prepares for the arrival of the oil and gas industry and their modern mining techniques, Guyon Espiner investigates whether we can have the oil industry and a clean environment or do we need to choose?

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