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ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A Houston-based oil company has endorsed the state’s proposed rules governing hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

Noble Energy’s Kevin Vorhaben says the proposed regulations support proven technologies to safely develop Nevada’s oil and gas. Noble Energy is exploring for oil in three Elko County locations.

They also would ensure safety to human health and the environment, he said at a public workshop in Elko on Wednesday hosted the Nevada Division of Minerals.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports that some residents viewed the company’s endorsement as reason to wonder if the minerals division’s proposed regulations are too lax.

Oil and gas developers employ hydraulic fracturing to boost production. The technique pumps water, fine sand and chemicals into wells to fracture open oil- and gas-bearing rock deposits.

The process has been controversial amid concern that fracking gone wrong could taint groundwater with hydrocarbons or fracking fluids containing toxic substances.

 

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