Monday, September 13, 2010

E.P.A. Considers Risks of Gas Extraction--The New York Times

Published: July 23, 2010

CANONSBURG, Pa. — The streams of people came to the public meeting here armed with stories of yellowed and foul-smelling well water, deformed livestock, poisoned fish and itchy skin. One resident invoked the 1968 zombie thriller “Night of the Living Dead,” which, as it happens, was filmed just an hour away from this southwestern corner of Pennsylvania.

A residents say hydraulic fracturing is polluting water.

Terry Greenwood, a farmer in Daisytown, Pa., at a hearing with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The culprit, these people argued, was hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting natural gas that involves blasting underground rock with a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals....continued....