U.S. Department of Energy to hold meeting on fracking

By KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A U.S. Department of Energy hearing on
fracking in Pennsylvania is expected to draw numerous supporters
and protesters of the practice Monday night.

Members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board will be at the meeting on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College in
Washington from 7-9 p.m. to garner detail, reaction and comments
about hydraulic fracking, or fracking, which breaks up the shale and frees natural gas.

An industry trade group, Energy In Depth, said Friday it would help pro-drilling landowners attend by paying their transportation costs while environmental groups have pledged to be on hand to protest what they claim is a pro-industry bias on the board.

The board is part of a national effort to lower U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

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