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Paper: Drilling damaged water supplies in Pa.



Published: Mon, May 20, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Paper: Drilling damaged water supplies in Pa.

SCRANTON, Pa.

An eastern Pennsylvania newspaper has obtained state records showing that oil and gas development damaged the water supplies of at least 161 Pennsylvania homes, farms, churches and businesses between 2008 and the fall of 2012.

The (Scranton) Times- Tribune said about 17 percent of the investigations indicated that water supplies were either temporarily or seriously disrupted enough to require companies to replace the source.

Faulty wells channeled natural gas into the water supplies for 90 properties.

A state official said contamination incidents increased with the Marcellus Shale drilling boom in 2008.

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Comments

1glbtactivist(245 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Of course it damaged the water supply. Pumping poisons into the ground to force out gas is bound to do that. The sad thing is that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources let a fracking company put a well a very short distance from the main water supply for Mahoning County, including all of Youngstown. Republicans always sell us out.

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2Bigben(1996 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

What happens if we get sick and or die from poison water? Will anyone care?Real smart move drilling in a water supply area. They have thousands upon thousands of acres to drill on but they just have to drill by a water source for a large population.

Let the suburbs vote on this since they get water from Meander .

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3hunky(38 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

People don't realize that though shale drilling has gone on for years without incident, the 2 mile horizontal wells are a fairly new procedure, maybe 7 yrs....Looks like the consequences are beginning to manifest. Is there a scientist in the house? For how long will the ground be polluted? Will the company pay to clean up the water supply? Can it be cleaned up? And most importantly, will I need Chemo?

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4Think121(51 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

There are a lot more than the 161 damaged water supplies that were reported. My best guess is that it's over 1,000. Is this really worth it? A few people get money and the rest get poisoned.

I still don't get how people can go to church on a Sunday and profess to "Love They Neighbor" and then sign a lease that will poison them on a Monday, or any day, for that matter. People are hurting now because a few were greedy.

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