Lawmaker Raises Alarm About Geothermal Fracking in Hawaii

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Fracking in Hawaii?

The state doesn’t have oil or natural gas reserves, but a Big Island lawmaker is worried that technology similar to that being used to extract oil and gas on the mainland may soon be employed in Hawaii by geothermal developers.

As a pre-emptive measure, Sen. Russell Ruderman has introduced a bill that would regulate the practice in Hawaii.

The Senate Energy and Environment Committee heard the bill on Tuesday and delayed a decision until later this week. Ruderman is vice chair of the committee.

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