July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

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Environmentalists Want California to Stop Offshore Fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between August and December in Long Beach Harbor. Hydraulic fracturing is used to extract oil or natural gas from rock formations by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals. The Center for Biological Diversity said the permits open the way for the first offshore fracking in the state since 2013. “Gov. Bro

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