The White House on Tuesday urged the natural gas industry to support "common sense" regulating of hydraulic fracturing practices in the U.S. to win the public's trust and alleviate public health and environmental concerns. "Common sense regulation that builds the public trust that fracking does not put at risk clean or safe drinking water is not the obstacle to natural gas extraction. It is the pathway to doing so," White House economic adviser Gene Sperling said. Drillers argue that federal regulations are unnecessary and would curb gas production.

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