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A new technique to shatter shale and get the gas within offers promise–and peril.

That’s the sound of fracking—pumping a mix of water, sand and chemicals a mile or more into the Earth to shatter shale deposits and release the natural gas within.

From the Barnett shale in Texas to the “supergiant” Marcellus shale that stretches from West Virginia to New York State, so much natural gas has been found that the U.S. may have enough to burn for 100 years or more. And burning natural gas releases 43 percent less CO2 than burning coal.

Fort Worth has transitioned from cow town to gas town. It’s the booming capital of fracking with thousands of wells within city limits. But fracking comes with a cost.

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