Bishops, nuns and rabbis debate gas fracking

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Bishops, nuns and rabbis have joined the environmental and social debate over natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region.

Some are signing protest letters and using church publications to question the process of hydraulic fracturing -- also known as fracking. Others have leased mineral rights and are using the money to fund their religious and charitable missions, The Associated Press found.

Aside from questions about the environmental impact of gas drilling, some religious leaders are also asking whether the bounty from the resource is benefiting a broad range of society, or just a few.