Fracking Pros and Cons

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There is much debate over whether fracturing Marcellus shale to release decades of natural gas is the answer to America's energy independence and job creation.

Proponents point to tens of thousands of high paying jobs coming to North Carolina alone, while opponents think the process is dangerous and could irreversibly ruin the environment.

In the video above, Bob Buckley takes a look at "fracking" from both sides of the issue.

Bob also said the main concern for most landowners is whether some of the chemicals in the water, like benzene, will infiltrate their drinking water.

Dr. Jackson with Duke University said, with anywhere between 1/2 mile to 1 1/2 miles between most shale layers and the water table, that shouldn't be a problem as long as the wells are drilled properly.

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