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This May 22, 2009 Associated Press photo shows John Fenton, a farmer who lives near Pavillion in central Wyoming, near a tank used in natural gas extraction, in background. Fenton and some of his neighbors blame hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a common technique used in drilling new oil and gas wells, for fouling their well water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday in Wyoming, for the first time that fracking may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution. The EPA also em...

EPA implicates fracking in groundwater pollution

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the first time has implicated fracking -- a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells -- for causing groundwater pollution.

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The finding could have a chilling effect in states trying to determine how to regulate the controversial process.

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