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Ex-Cabinet officials Ken Salazar, Steven Chu praise fracking as 'safe'

Two former high-profile members of President Obama's cabinet are reassuring the public that hydraulic fracturing —fracking — is a safe technology for extracting oil and natural gas.

"This is something you can do in a safe way,” former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said while speaking in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 18. He also said that it was a “false choice” to say that the country can either preserve the environment or acquire cheap natural gas.

More than 1,000 miles away, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was singing the same tune.

“I would say to everybody that hydraulic fracking is safe,” Salazar said during a conference in Las Cruces, N.M. He said that fracking was “creating an energy revolution in the United States.”


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