Fracker-Funded Research Pushes Industry Agenda in State Houses

Fracker-Funded Research Pushes Industry Agenda in State Houses

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A Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. drilling rig sits on a natural gas pad in Chartiers Township, Pennsylvania, in 2010. Companies are spending billions to dislodge natural gas from a band of shale-sedimentary rock called the Marcellus shale that underlies Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York.