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January 20th, 2010:

Gas Drilling Techniques Are Under Fire

American Energy Coalition - January 20th, 2010

Federal government oversight of hydraulic fracturing - a drilling technique that boosts natural gas extraction by blasting water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure - is sorely lacking, putting drinking water supplies at risk, according to a report highlighted by the New York Times. According to the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy group based in Washington, drilling companies are side-stepping a permitting requirement for the use of diesel fuel in their fracturing fluids by using similar petroleum distillates that contain the same toxins as diesel, but require no permitting. The report also cites evidence that drilling companies continue to inject diesel fuel underground without the proper permits.

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