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Associated Press, Published April 03 2012

Salazar discusses fracking during ND visit

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — Federal Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he hopes hydraulic fracturing won't become "an Achilles' heel" for the oil and gas industry.

The process commonly known as fracking uses pressurized fluid and chemicals to break open oil-bearing rock. It's controversial because some people fear it will harm the environment.

KXMB-TV reports that Salazar said during a tour of the western North Dakota oil patch Monday that officials are "going to go through a long process to make sure that there are the right rules." He says his hope is that the issue can be approached in a way "that creates confidence by the American public."

Salazar is being accompanied by Gov. Jack Dalrymple and members of North Dakota's congressional delegation. The group Tuesday was meeting with Three Affiliated Tribes leaders.

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Information from: KXMB-TV, http://www.kxnet.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.