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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University researchers are studying the possible risks of gas drilling and other forms of energy extraction near federally owned dams and reservoirs.

The one-year, $285,000 study is being done for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and involves six WVU departments, the University of British Columbia and other outside experts.

The scientists will collaborate with the corps' Risk Management Center in Pittsburgh and the Huntington district office.

The researchers will provide guidance for mineral extraction and develop a way to determine risk levels within a range of depths and distances.

The team will study regulations, engineering performance data, case histories, analytical methods and more.

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