South Carolina and fracking
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South Carolina has no oil or gas reserves, according to the EIA's 2013 state profile.
Offshore South Carolina has methane hydrate reserves, also known as fire ice. The methane hydrate is not typical natural gas. . According to the U.S. Department of Energy, methane hydrate chief constituent is natural gas. It is encased in ice. Cold and gravity create a high pressure situation. When methane hydrate is warmed or depressurized, it will revert back to water and natural gas. 
The process to extract the methane hydrate is different than hydraulic fracturing. But both processes inject fluid at high pressure.
- "Methane hydrate offshore is tempting, perilous natural gas" By Bo Peterson , The Post Courier January 5, 2014.
- "Methane HydrateM" By U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
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