PITTSBURGH (AP) - Citizens groups around the nation are asking questions about natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and Pennsylvania charities are funding much of the debate, here and in other states.
The Associated Press has found that foundations from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh have provided more than $19 million for gas-drilling-related grants since 2009. The money has paid for environmental and public health studies, films, radio programs, websites and even support for trout fishing groups.
Grants have gone to Cornell University researchers, and environmental groups in the region and in Washington, D.C.
That's led to expressions of gratitude from those who say state and federal governments aren't doing enough on the issue, but also protests from some in the gas drilling industry, who claim there's bias in the campaigns.