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DC Water chief dives into hydraulic fracturing debate

Sitting behind his desk at his M Street office in Washington, D.C., George Hawkins, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority's general manager, claims he's not a cautious person by nature. But when it comes to a hotly contested pending decision about natural gas development in a nearby national forest, DC Water's leader becomes passionately cautious, jumping from his chair to a whiteboard to sketch a horizontal fracturing fissure extending below an aquifer.


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