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Hydraulic Fracturing Under Scrutiny In Watershed States

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Foundation officials say assessments are under way, but none is comprehensive. The foundation and other environmental groups are concerned about a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, which uses water and chemicals to break rock formations and free gas in the Marcellus Shale formation beneath western Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Ohio.

A 2005 law exempts all hydraulic fracturing chemicals except diesel fuel from federal regulations. The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill in March that would restrict natural gas drilling until a two-year study is completed.

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