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EPA chief criticizes Pa.'s DEP over water issues

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency says Pennsylvania officials aren't doing what they should to help people whose wells have been found to have been contaminated since natural gas drilling began in their area.

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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says federal regulators need more data to decide whether to ship water to residents in the northeast Pennsylvania village of Dimock (DIH'-muhk). About a dozen residents have filed a lawsuit claiming that the drilling caused contamination.

Jackson said at a news conference Friday in Philadelphia that it was "puzzling" that Pennsylvania's environmental protection secretary wrote her last week to criticize the EPA's knowledge of the situation.

She says his letter won't help people in Dimock.

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