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FracFocus has 'serious flaws,' Harvard study says

A study by a new Harvard University policy initiative says the FracFocus.org website has "serious flaws" as a means of disclosure for hydraulic fracturing chemicals used in oil and gas production, and state governments shouldn't be relying on it. The study says FracFocus has a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn't account for different state requirements, prevents many kinds of searching and gives drilling companies too much leeway to miss deadlines or withhold information as trade secrets.

2. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING:

Calif. advancing measures to stop or limit fracking

A slew of measures are advancing in California to stop or limit hydraulic fracturing as the oil industry works to unlock a massive shale formation in the state. California lawmakers have offered 10 bills that would affect the technique known as fracking, where companies blast chemical-laced water underground at high pressure to break apart rock formations and release oil or natural gas. Critics charge it endangers watersheds, wildlife and air quality, while industry disputes those claims.

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