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Fracking for Natural Gas: Bill signed to assess potential damage to water sources
The safety of fracking -- a controversial process to stimulate natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale -- will be re-evaluated by the Obama administration, according to the Press and Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, New York on November 6, 2009.
A bill passed by Congress and signed by the president last week urges the federal Environmental Protection Agency to use a "transparent, peer-reviewed process" to determine whether the fracking process has contaminated water supplies and degraded land around drilling sites.
Permits for Marcellus Shale development, including drilling and fracking, in New York state are on hold while the state Department of Environmental Conservation updates regulations to oversee it.
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