| ||Gardendale, a suburb of 1,500 people near the hub of the west Texas oil industry, exists in a legal and political environment in which there are seemingly few restrictions on fracking, even inside city limits. For residents here, fracking is part of daily life. 'You can hear it, you can smell it, and you are always breathing it. It's just like being behind a car exhaust,' said Debbie Leverett, during a tour of the area last October organised by the Society of Environmental Journalists. 'All of your senses change.'
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