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A Colossal Fracking Mess

Vanity Fair Magazine
June 21, 2010
                          

Early on a spring morning in the town of Damascus, in northeastern Pennsylvania, the fog on the Delaware River rises to form a mist that hangs above the tree-covered hills on either side. A buzzard swoops in from the northern hills to join a flock ensconced in an evergreen on the river’s southern bank.

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Damning new letter from NY State insider: 'Hydraulic fracturing as it's practiced today will contaminate our aquifers'

By Karen McVeigh, The Guardian

Posted on January 6, 2012, Printed on January 7, 2012
http://www.alternet.org/story/153684/

A former staffer at a state government agency responsible for regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has warned that allowing the controversial gas drilling method in New York would lead to contamination of the state's aquifers and would poison its drinking water.

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3 Ways Laws Are Stacked to Favor Fracking Companies And How We Can Change That

The U.S. legal system is strongly biased in favor of economic growth, even if it harms human health and the environment.

AlterNet/ By Peter Montague
January 19, 2012  | 
 
A new report offers compelling evidence that fracking for natural gas is killing domestic animals like horses, cattle, goats, sheep. The dead animals provide a strong warning that fracking can harm humans -- something the fracking industry has consistently denied.

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Officials in Three States Pin
Water Woes on Gas Drilling

by Abrahm Lustgarten

ProPublica, April 26, 2009, 7 a.m.

Norma Fiorentino's drinking water well was a time bomb. For weeks, workers in her small northeastern Pennsylvania town had been plumbing natural gas deposits from a drilling rig a few hundred yards away. They cracked the earth and pumped in fluids to force the gas out. Somehow, stray gas worked into tiny crevasses in the rock, leaking upward into the aquifer and slipping quietly into Fiorentino's well. Then, according to the state's working theory, a motorized pump turned on in her well house, flicked a spark and caused a New Year's morning blast that tossed aside a concrete slab weighing several thousand pounds.


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NYT reveals Secret Documents
A Tainted Water Well,
and Concern There May Be More

By IAN URBINA
The New York Times
August 3, 2011


For decades, oil and gas industry executives as well as regulators have maintained that a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is used for most natural gas wells has never contaminated underground drinking water.

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Ohio Senate OK's fracking in state parks

By  Jim Siegel
The Columbus Dispatch
Friday June 17, 2011 5:32 AM

The Ohio Senate tackled a pair of controversial measures yesterday, one allowing oil and gas drilling in state parks and the other permitting Ohioans to opt out of a new federal requirement that they purchase health insurance.

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Small Time Landowners Continue to Clash With Big Frackers in Colorado

The Checks and Balances Project

January 10, 2011

Home loss, sickness, fines and big corporate profits are now part of the western landscape

Colorado seems to be a hotbed for high-profile concerns about water contamination near natural gas drilling sites.

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Fracking Blowout Causes Massive Spill in Pennsylvania

Wednesday 20 April 2011

by: Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report


Thousands of gallons of potentially toxic hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," liquids spilled across pastures and into a stream in rural Pennsylvania early this morning, after a natural gas well suffered a blowout at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

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Industry out of control in PA

DEP's Marcellus Shale drilling numbers don't add up:
PG research shows almost 500 more gas wells than state has recorded as ever being drilled

Sunday, January 08, 2012
By Sean D. Hamill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One of the most popular features of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Pipeline page that focuses on Marcellus Shale coverage is an interactive map.

Then we decided to include the state's production data, but we ran into an issue that has had ripple effects from DEP, to drillers, to environmental organizations, to the state Legislature.

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