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Future Of Fracking In Georgia Dependent On Several Issues

Sep 9, 2015
In this March 25, 2014 photo, workers keep an eye on well heads during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. oil well, near Mead, Colo.
Brennan Linsley / AP Photo

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it’s commonly known, is sometimes a polarizing issue, one that has sparked heated debates between environmentalists and energy advocates.

Fracking opponents argue that the process of fracking, which involves injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the earth to release the natural gas in rocks, is dangerous for several reasons, including the contamination risk to groundwater.

Georgia's natural gas providers filed into the Public Service Commission Thursday to explain a recent federal report that said gas prices are nearly 40 percent higher in Atlanta than the national average.

Many of them stepped up to the podium, questioned the report's methodology and called the data unreliable.

"Significant unknowns in the methodology," said one company representative.

Many of the providers went a step further and said the report was an attack on the free market.