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Ohio gov prepared to defend natural gas drilling

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Governor John Kasich  says he's prepared to talk to people in bars, hotels and salons about the economic impacts of natural gas drilling to combat misconceptions about hydraulic fracturing.

Officials say a major natural gas deposit in eastern Ohio could create thousands of jobs.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process through which chemical-laced water is injected deep underground to break up shale rock and allow natural gas to escape.

Opponents say it leads to tainted groundwater. Energy executives say the technique has been widely used without problems.

Kasich said at an energy summit Thursday, he doesn't want the state to be in the same position as New York, where drilling has been on hold since 2008 because of an environmental review.