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Published March 21, 2011, 04:09 PM

ND Lawmakers Support 'Fracking' for Oil Production

North Dakota lawmakers are supporting an oil production technique called "fracking" that is driving western North Dakota's oil boom. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers are supporting an oil production technique called "fracking" that is driving western North Dakota's oil boom.

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing. It is a process during which water and some chemicals are pumped underground at high pressure to help break up shale rock formations and allow the oil to flow.

North Dakota's Senate on Monday gave final approval to a new state law and resolution that supports fracking.

The law declares fracking is an "acceptable" process for recovering oil and gas. The resolution asks Congress to continue to allow state officials to regulate it.

Northwood Sen. Gerald Uglem says fracking has been going on for years in North Dakota. Grand Forks Sen. Connie Triplett says the process doesn't pose a threat to drinking water.

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