Va. County Calls for Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals

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ABINGDON, Va. (AP) -- The Washington County Board of Supervisors says drilling companies should disclose chemicals they use in fracking.

Media outlets report that the board passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the state to require disclosure of chemicals used in the natural gas drilling method.

The resolution states that landowners should know what is placed on their property so they can ensure drilling doesn't affect their groundwater.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process by which sand, chemicals and pressurized water are blasted underground to shake loose rocks and release gas.