Extensive gas mining brings effects of hydraulic fracturing to fore

12/27/2009 | Politico (Washington, D.C.)

With advances in hydraulic fracturing techniques requiring more water and higher volumes of chemicals, Congress is mulling legislation that would repeal its 2005 decision to exempt the drilling technique from the Safe Drinking Water Act. That decision was based on a 2004 report from the Environmental Protection Agency that said hydraulic fracturing poses no threat to drinking water -- a report that has been criticized for being incomplete.

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