Saturday, July 24, 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.

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

A natural gas rig in southwestern Pennsylvania. Residents say hydraulic fracturing is polluting water.

Jeff Swensen for The New York Times

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.

Gas companies countered that the horror stories described in Pennsylvania and at other meetings held recently in Texas and Colorado are either fictions or not the companies’ fault. More regulation, the industry warned, would kill jobs and stifle production of gas, which the companies consider a clean-burning fuel the nation desperately needs." More>>>>

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