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November 4, 2011 News Article  Aquatic Health, Land Use & Development, Water Quality & Quantity 

EPA to Probe 'fracking's' Toll on Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday released the outlines of its long-awaited probe into whether hydraulic fracturing - the unconventional drilling technique that's led to a boom in domestic natural gas production - is contaminating drinking-water supplies.

Investigators will try to determine the impact of large-scale water withdrawals, aboveground spills of drilling fluids, and the fracturing process itself on water quality and quantity in states where tens of thousands of wells have been drilled in recent years.

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