Assembly panel backs halt to fracking

LA Times: Plans to halt fracking in California advanced in the Legislature on Monday, when a key committee approved three measures that would prohibit the practice until the state can study it further. The votes were a victory for environmentalists, who have been scrambling to slow the boom in fracking nationwide. A proposed moratorium on fracking failed in the California Legislature last year. Hydraulic fracturing is the practice of injecting chemicals into the ground to break apart rock and release......

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