According to the Raleigh News and Observer, State environmental regulators say the process of extracting natural gas from underground shale deposits, known as “fracking,” can be done safely if adequate protections are in place. That’s the conclusion the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources reached in a study released Friday that legislators last year required it conduct with the Department of Commerce. But the study cautions that not enough is known about many environmental and economic consequences of the practice of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
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