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Fracking Expands Throughout Southern U.S.

Gillsburg, Mississippi -- population 25 -- used to be filled with peace and quiet, but not so much anymore.Now energy companies are flocking into small towns in Mississippi and Louisiana to search for big oil."There's supposed to be oil here. They call this the hot spot," said land owner Max Lawson.Lawson is one of many residents leasing his land to energy companies Encana and Goodrich Petroleum.  They are using hydraulic fracturing techniques, also known as "fracking," to extract oil and natural gas two miles below the surface in what is called the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.According to a Louisiana State University study, the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale is predicted to hold seven billion barrels of oil.Lawson believes fracking on U.S. soil brings the country closer to energy independence."We don't have to be dependent on foreign oil," said Lawson.But fracking has become controversial in recent years.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, some of the risks when fracking include ...

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