Report finds harmful chemicals used during 'fracking'

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — in which water, sand and chemicals are injected into the ground to get access to valuable natural-gas reserves — has come under fire for its potential effects on public health and the environment.

The Times has published a series of investigative stories in recent months on the practice.

The report, which the Times says will be released Monday, was authored by Reps. Henry Waxman (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Edward Markey (Mass.), the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.).