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No widespread danger to water from fracking: US agency

Demonstrators show water samples collected from Dimock, Pennsylvania, during a rally on fracking-related water investigations on October 10, 2014 outside EPA Headquarters in Washington, DCThe controversial oil and gas extraction technique known as fracking poses no widespread danger to US drinking water, the US environmental agency said Thursday in a long-awaited assessment. Some water resources have been harmed by the practice formally called hydraulic fracturing, it said, but concluded that the risk is small compared to the number of fracking wells in use. The evaluation from the Environmental Protection Agency delivered a broad overview of the dangers that fracking — blasting water, sand and chemicals underground to free up and pump oil or gas — poses to drinking water in America.

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