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In this photo from Wednesday, July 27, 2011, a local contractor closes a valve on his tanker truck after watering down the dirt roads to keep the dust down at the Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Claysville, Pa. The company is one of the many around the country using the fracking process to extract natural gas from deep wells.

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Oil companies exploring south-central Kansas

Oil companies have been leasing mineral rights on thousands of acres in south-central Kansas, where they have begun drilling wells using horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a technique that has drawn scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency and other states.

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