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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s environmental agency says someone is trying to confuse the public about its recent report saying a natural gas drilling technique can be safe with the right precautions.

News reporters on Tuesday received a fake email from a nonexistent group claiming the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is revising its hydraulic fracturing report and issuing an apology. The email’s sender could not be identified through two commercially available email tracing services.

Agency spokeswoman Diana Kees says the email is a fraud and the agency is standing behind the report it was scheduled to explain at a second public hearing Tuesday in Chapel Hill.

Supporters say allowing fracking would generate jobs, while opponents say it leads to polluted water and air.

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