Officials in three states pin water woes on gas drilling by ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten:
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. (Read the rest)
Speak up about drilling: Natural-gas exploration carries many risks for environment by Lisa Ann Wright, in the Ithaca Journal:
It is up to us – the taxpaying, voting citizens of this community – to ask smart questions and make our demands known so that we are not hapless victims of accidents and contamination. Despite the gas-rush mentality of pro-drilling corporate lobbyists, we who live here have a duty to keep speaking up for sound and responsible regulations of this industry. (Read the rest)
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Read Update On Dead Cows In Caddo Parish for a glimpse into what could be ahead for New York State and the animals and humans who live here.
More info: More samples taken in wake of cow deaths