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Fracking report reveals little harm, but Baldwin Hills concerned

A long-awaited study about environmental hazards of fracking in the Baldwin Hills found little for neighbors to the Inglewood Oil Field to worry about. 

A settlement among Plains Exploration, Culver City residents and environmental groups prompted the study. It’s the first in the state to take an up-close look at air pollution and possible water contamination.

Fracking sends high pressure streams of water plus chemicals flowing into the ground to force petroleum and gas from rock. The technique was used in the oil field on occasion over the past year. Air and ground monitors collected data, but revealed no particular harm from the fracking. Groundwater testing showed no chemical contamination or significant seismic impact.

The fracking report is several hundred pages long. Environmental and community groups are still reviewing it - but they've already expressed some skepticism about the findings.

RELATED: Read the study: No environmental problems with fracking at Baldwin Hills oil field

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