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Fracking and Water

Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking, isn’t causing widespread harm to the nation’s drinking water, the Obama administration said in a long-awaited report released Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency, after a four-year study, concluded that the way fracking was being carried out by industry and regulated by states isn’t having “systemic impacts” on drinking water, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The study found specific instances where poorly constructed drilling wells or improper waste-water management affected drinking water, but the number of cases was small compared to the large number of wells that use fracking, the Associated Press reports.

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