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New study finds fracking in Inglewood oil field to be environmentally safe




Protestors hold signs against fracking during a demonstration outside of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on July 25, 2012 in Sacramento, California.
Protestors hold signs against fracking during a demonstration outside of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on July 25, 2012 in Sacramento, California.
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The controversial oil extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking would not damage the environment if implemented at the Inglewood Oil Field near Baldwin Hills, according to a highly-anticipated study released today.

The yearlong study was conducted by Cardno Entrix, an environmental research firm, and commissioned by Plains Exploration & Production Co. as part of a settlement agreement with Culver City. The study examined potential risks for groundwater contamination, air pollution and increased seismic activity. The Inglewood Oil Field is the largest urban oil field in the country.

Protesters have called on lawmakers to ban the technique and some local residents are concerned that fracking in the area may cause land shifts and damage their property. Does this new study prove that fracking is safe enough to be used in our backyards? What else can be done to ensure that the technique is not harmful? What other major concerns should authorities should take into consideration before allowing fracking in urban areas?

Guests:

Dave Quast, California Field Director, Energy in Depth - an industry advocacy group created by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)

Gary Gless, long-time resident in Windsor Hills; President, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community