“I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me,” Biden said in a speech in Pittsburgh.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial method of drilling that involves shooting high pressure water, sand and other compounds underground to make small fractures in rock to release oil and gas. The practice has led to a drilling boom in the US. By some estimates, fracked oil wells accounted for more than half of US oil production in 2018.
Trump said at an event earlier this month in Pennsylvania that Biden was “no friend of Pennsylvania” and claimed, “You’re not going to be allowed to frack anymore … No oil, no gas, no nothing.” Trump made the remarks hours before Biden delivered his speech at the Democratic National Convention officially accepting the Democratic nomination for president.
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