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U.S. Fracking Bet Haunts Vikas After Oil Plunge: Corporate India

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A big bet on the U.S. fracking boom is coming back to haunt India’s guar industry.

Orders for guar gum -- used to extract shale oil and gas -- are drying up as U.S. companies cut investments following the plunge in crude oil prices. For Vikas WSP Ltd., India’s second-largest exporter, that’s meant idling 40 percent of its 140,000 metric ton capacity, a sign of industry stress.