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As the debate heated up over the real possibility that fracking would be used in Idaho for natural gas exploration, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter turned to his go-to person, Eric Wilson, Idaho Department of Lands Minerals Program manager. Otter asked Wilson if other states had used carcinogens in fracking fluids. Wilson said, "Even Twinkies could be considered carcinogenic." The line got a big laugh, but 24 hours later, no one was laughing when a congressional analysis determined that 15 states had used carcinogens in fracking.

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