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The Municipal Authority of the McKeesport Water Pollution Control Center is shown here July 19 in McKeesport, Pa. The EPA on Thursday released its outline for a long-awaited probe into hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

EPA to probe drilling's toll on drinking water

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- 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.


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