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Sarasota News Leader January 24, 2014 Page 11 trapped oil and gas. The controversial process uses large amounts of water and produces flowback that contains some of the chemicals employed in the action. Proponents such as Mica say fracking would help provide energy in a state that gets about 60 percent of its electricity from natural gas. They also point to historic conventional oil and gas drilling in the state, along with "The camel's nose is in the tent," said Mary improvements in pipe casing and other techJean Yon, legislative director at Audubon nology used in hydraulic fracturing. Florida, which has started a petition drive opposed to hydraulic fracturing in Florida. Critics such as Yon, however, warn the pro"We know there is an interest." cess could harm groundwater supplies and A fracking operation is under way in Warren Center, PA. Image from Ostoff Law via Wikimedia Commons

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