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Conservation Group Sues Attorney General

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Attorney General Tim Fox is facing a conservation group in a lawsuit concerning documents regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal land, ABC Montana's Joe Moeller brings us the full report.

Hydraulic fracturing, the technique opening of segments in subterranean rocks, introducing liquid at high pressure then oil is extracted.

"A method used to increase production of oil or gas."  said Donato Judice from the Bureau of Land Management. 

In August of last year, a clash of attorney generals from Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, and Montana sent a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell expressing serious concerns and strong objection to proposed rules governing hydraulic fracturing.

"In Montana it's like it is nationwide, about 90% of the wells drilled need hydraulically fracturing." added Judice. 

The Montana Environmental Information Center filed a lawsuit late last week against Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, saying he is refusing to comply with public records laws in not releasing documents the group requested.

The conservation group labels the dangers of fracking on their web site as toxic and that the technique releases enormous quantity of chemicals injected into the well. Fracking is criticized for its potential to contaminate groundwater.

"In Eastern Montana the distance between where the fresh water is, which is near surface and likely in the first few maybe 500 to 1000 feet the producing horizon is at 10,000 feet." said Judice.

Montana environmental information also says in Montana that fracking is under regulated at the federal level.

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