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Feb 20, 2013

Fracking, the controversial drilling technique that uses a high-pressure mix of chemicals, sand and water to blast natural gas free from underground shale rock formations, continues to make headlines in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

EnviroPolitics interviews environmental critics and business supporters at a hearing in Trenton on a bill to ban fracking (hydrofracturing) in New Jersey. Fracking advocates tout natural gas's impact on energy costs, jobs and manufacturing.

Critics raise concerns about water pollution, environmental degradation and human health.  

We also update you on the status of New York's natural gas drilling moratorium and highlight a new piece of legislation in Pennsylvania that encourages the use of acid mind water in the fracking processs.