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A detailed look at some of the effects of gas drilling on environment, communities and health. Based on investigations, findings, and statements of state and federal regulators.

After an 11-month study, the report concludes fracking poses “catastrophic consequences” to the city’s drinking water and should not take place within 7 miles of New York City’s watershed. Hazen and Sawyer (Environmental Engineers & Scientists) for the New York City DEP.

by Abrahm Lustgarten - ProPublica, Nov. 13, 2008.

n July, a hydrologist dropped a plastic sampling pipe 300 feet down a water well in rural Sublette County, Wyo., and pulled up a load of brown oily water with a foul smell.

Flaring of waste gases is a common practice in the processing of hydrocarbon (HC) materials. It is assumed that flaring achieves complete combustion with relatively innocuous byproducts such as CO2 and H2O.

Report date: December 1987. Report to Congress concludes that “fracking” of a natural gas well in West Virginia contaminated an underground drinking water source, their investigations had been hampered by confidentiality agreements between industry & affected landowners.

Report date: April 1984. Recent drilling for natural gas in the Glaciated Appalachian Plateau area of northwestern Pennsylvania has caused limited, but increasing ground-water contamination.

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