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State inspectors overwhelmed by fracking infractions

An investigation by Isaac Wolf, national reporter for  Scripps Howard News Service, found that fracking, a widespread method of extracting natural gas by shooting chemical-laced water underground, is a growing threat to water supplies in 28 states, according to scientists, landowners and environmentalists. Plus, Wolf reported, overwhelmed, understaffed state inspectors aren't keeping up with the exploding number of infractions by the booming fracking industry. Wolf also revealed an oversight system that landowners say is stacked against them, including regulator salaries paid by drilling royalties and political campaigns flush with natural gas-linked financial donations.

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