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Protesters lead to temporary shutdown of Pa. rig

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CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) - An energy company says protesters demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing at a Pennsylvania state forest have led to a gas drilling rig temporarily being shut down.

EQT Corp. spokeswoman Natalie Cox says the company shut down the rig in Moshannon State Forest at midday Sunday. She says the Pittsburgh-based company's primary concern is the safety of its employees and contractors.

Cox says police are at the site trying to maintain order.

Gloria Forouzan of Marcellus Protest says 150 protesters blocked an access road for trucks headed to the EQT rig.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a drilling method that involves pumping chemical-laced water at a high pressure into the ground to release gas and oil.

Environmental groups fear the process could poison water supplies. The industry says it's safe.

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