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U.S. Doctors call for a fracking moratorium, due to health safety questions

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Doctors in attendance at a conference on the conversative natural gas exploration process known as hydraulic fracturing, believe the U.S. should declare a moratorium on the process in populated areas until the health effects are better understood.
“We’ve got to push the pause button, and maybe we’ve got to push the stop button” on fracking, said Adam Law, an endocrinologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, in an interview at a conference in Arlington, Virginia to Bloomberg News
Fracking injects water, sand and chemicals into deep shale formations to free trapped natural gas.

A boom in using fracking methods nationwide have increase supplies, cutting prices 32% in 2010. The industry hasn't disclosed the proper level of information on chemicals used, raising concerns about tainted drinking water supplies and a call for peer-reviewed studies on the effects. 

The Environmental Protection Agency is weighing nationwide regulation on the fracking process.

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