(Pittsburgh) -- Two counties in northern Pennsylvania are backing a plan to seek $250,000 in state funding to examine drinking water quality in private wells and the possible effects of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.
County commissioners in Bradford and Lycoming Counties say they will write a letter of support for a state Department of Community and Economic Development grant.
There's been a recent boom in gas drilling in both counties.
Officials say Guthrie Health, Geisinger Health System and Susquehanna Health are applying for the funding to conduct the study, which they would do in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey.
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