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Northeasterners who are digging deeper into their pockets to pay for firewood this season can add a new scapegoat to the roster of usual market forces: fracking.

A timber industry representative in New Hampshire says loggers are increasingly selling hardwood to contractors building hydraulic fracturing well sites in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation to build construction "mats." Those mats allow contractors to move heavy equipment over mucky ground, wetlands or soft soils year round.

Future Of Fracking In Georgia Dependent On Several Issues

Sep 9, 2015
In this March 25, 2014 photo, workers keep an eye on well heads during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. oil well, near Mead, Colo.
Brennan Linsley / AP Photo

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it’s commonly known, is sometimes a polarizing issue, one that has sparked heated debates between environmentalists and energy advocates.

Fracking opponents argue that the process of fracking, which involves injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the earth to release the natural gas in rocks, is dangerous for several reasons, including the contamination risk to groundwater.