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Marcellus drillers feel heat as EPA mulls expanded Clean Water Act oversight

JANE LEW, W.Va. -- Wetlands were early casualties of the Marcellus Shale boom. Beginning in 2007, oil and gas drillers in West Virginia built well pads, roads, compressor stations and pipelines through streams and wetlands at nearly 50 sites without Clean Water Act permits, according to a Greenwire review of U.S. EPA compliance orders for drilling in the state. As the drilling spread, concerns about potential wetland violations were eclipsed by questions from regulators and the public about the drilling technique -- hydraulic fracturing, or fracking -- and its possible impact on drinking water quality and public health.

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