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December 7th, 2009:

Dark Side of a Natural Gas Boom

American Energy Coalition - December 7th, 2009

The natural gas drilling boom is raising concern in many parts of the country, according to an article in the New York Times. Hazards like methane contamination of drinking water wells, long known in regions where gas production was common, are spreading to populous areas that have little history of coping with such risks, but happen to sit atop shale beds. And a more worrisome possibility has come to light: A string of incidents in places like Wyoming and Pennsylvania in recent years has pointed to a possible link between hydraulic fracturing and pollution of groundwater supplies. In the worst case, such pollution could damage crucial supplies of water used for drinking and agriculture.

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