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Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas has been blamed by some people for earthquakes and water contamination in Northeastern and Rocky Mountain states. It turns out that "fracking" has been used for years to get oil out of depleted fields in California. Nobody knows what chemicals are being injected into the ground; there are no regulations, and the Brown Administration is in no hurry to enact any. We find out why neighbors are worried in Culver City and the Baldwin Hills. Also, do the Los Angeles Kings have a chance at the Stanley Cup? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is America's immigration crisis going away?

Banner image: Men with Cabot Oil and Gas work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" site on January 18, 2012 in South Montrose, Pennsylvania. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Main Topic Is There Fracking in Our Future?

Nine states in the Northeast and the Rocky Mountains have enacted guidelines to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a process involving injection of chemicals into the ground to extract natural gas.  In California, it's being used on thousands of oil wells, but oil companies won't reveal what the chemicals are. A company called PXP wants to use fracking in the Inglewood/Baldwin Hills Oil Field. In Sacramento, oil companies are opposing a bill that would require them to report where fracking is going on, for how long, with how much water, and with what chemicals.



Gary Gless, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
Bill Allayaud, Environmental Working Group
Tupper Hull, Western States Petroleum Association (@OfficialWSPA)

Reporter's Notebook LA Kings Light the Ice on Fire 5 MIN, 45 SEC

Even with the great Wayne Gretsky, the Los Angeles Kings never won the Stanley Cup, symbolic of ice hockey supremacy. Since 1993, when they made the Stanley Cup finals, they've never been passed the second round. This year could be different, as we hear fro sports columnist Helene Elliott, who covers the Kings for the Los Angeles Times.

Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times (@helenenothelen)

Main Topic Is the Immigration 'Crisis' Going Away? 25 MIN, 23 SEC

Is the 'Immigration Crisis' Going Away?A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that illegal immigration from Mexico has dropped to zero, reversing a trend that has shaped American law, culture and politics. We debate the possible causes and potential policy impacts. Meantime, as familiar disputes continue, should it change our thinking if a massive wave of immigration has come to an end?

Gregory Rodriguez, New America Foundtion
Bill Richardson, APCO Worldwide (@govrichardson)
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies (@MarkSKrikorian)
Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute (@MigrationPolicy)

Migration and the Great Recession

Demetrios G. Papademetriou


Warren Olney

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