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Fracking across the United States

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A protester holds up a sign against fracking outside the Wells Academy/Steubenville High School before the governor's State of the State address in Steubenville, Ohio. (Feb. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Hydraulic fracturing has caused serious environmental concerns as well as Earthquakes across the United States

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, opponents demonstrate as Joe
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Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, opponents demonstrate as Joe Martens, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, testifies before a joint budget hearing on the environment, in Albany. Martens says his agency has no "timetable" for finishing shale gas drilling rules, with the completion date dependent on recommendations made by the health commissioner. (Feb. 4, 2013)

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, demonstrate as
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Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, demonstrate as they sit in the audience as Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, testifies before a joint budget hearing on health and medicaid in Albany. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Yoko Ono, left, and her son Sean Lennon
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Yoko Ono, left, and her son Sean Lennon visit a fracking site in Franklin Forks, Pa., during a bus tour of natural-gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania. Ono and Lennon have formed a group called "Artists Against Fracking," which has become the main celebrity driven anti-fracking organization. (Jan. 17, 2013)

Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate in front of the Waldorf-Astoria
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Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate in front of the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo visits the hotel for a function. Fracking, a process that injects millions of gallons of chemical-mixed water into a well to release gas, has become a contentious issue in New York as critics of the process believe it contaminates drinking water, among other hazards. New York City gets much of its drinking water from upstate reservoirs. (Jan. 7, 2013)

Cabot Oil and Gas work on a natural
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Cabot Oil and Gas work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pa. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, stimulates gas production by injecting wells with high volumes of chemical-laced water in order to free-up pockets of natural gas below. The process is controversial with critics saying it could poison water supplies, while the natural-gas industry says it's been used safely for decades. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Gas-drilling opponents rally outside the office of Sen.
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Gas-drilling opponents rally outside the office of Sen. Dean Skelos in Rockville Centre (June 14, 2012).

Local constituents rally outside Senator Dean Skelos's office
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Local constituents rally outside Senator Dean Skelos's office calling on Governor Cuomo and Senator Skelos to ban Fracking. (June 14, 2012)

Local constituents rally outside Senator Dean Skelos's office
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Local constituents rally outside Senator Dean Skelos's office in Rockville Centre calling on Governor Cuomo and Senator Skelos to ban Fracking. (June 14, 2012)

Signs opposing the hydraulic fracturing process of drilling
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Signs opposing the hydraulic fracturing process of drilling for gas, or "fracking" are posted on a front yard in Evans City, Pa. (Feb. 23, 2012)

A protester holds up a sign against fracking
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A protester holds up a sign against fracking outside the Wells Academy/Steubenville High School before the governor's State of the State address in Steubenville, Ohio. (Feb. 7, 2012)

Workers perform maintenance at the Niagara Falls Wastewater
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Workers perform maintenance at the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Feb. 17, 2012)

A contractor for the Cabot Oil & Gas
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A contractor for the Cabot Oil & Gas collects a water sample from a resident's home in Dimock, Pa. (Feb. 13, 2012)

Dan Jacobsen, center, and Joel Munson with TechLaw,
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Dan Jacobsen, center, and Joel Munson with TechLaw, contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency, conduct a field screening of a homeowners water in Dimock, Pa. (Feb. 13, 2012)

Ray Kemble pumps water from a truck into
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Ray Kemble pumps water from a truck into his neighbor's tank in Dimock, Pa. (Feb. 13, 2012)

A brine injection well owned by Northstar Disposal
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A brine injection well owned by Northstar Disposal Services LLC is seen in Youngstown, Ohio, with the skyline of Youngstown in the distance. (Jan. 4, 2011)

A worker shovels the powder used to make
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A worker shovels the powder used to make a mixture with water used in the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas b at a Range Resources site where the process was underway in Claysville, Pa. (Jul. 27, 2011)

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