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FRACKING IN NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA BRINGS RISKS AND REWARDS

Sherry Vargson, who leased the mineral rights under a portion of her farm to the gas company Chesapeake Energy, illustrates her assertion that methane has leached into her well water by lighting the water on fire as it pours from her kitchen sink in Granville Summit.

Image #: 20146757 epa03473102 YEARENDER 2012 FEATURE PACKAGES Sherry Vargson, who leased the mineral rights under a portion of her farm to the gas company Chesapeake Energy, illustrates her assertion that methane has leached into her well water by lighting the water on fire as it pours from her kitchen sink in Granville Summit, Pennsylvania, USA, 08 March 2012. The controversial drilling practice, also known as fracking, requires injecting huge amounts of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface to extract reserves of natural gas. Many Northeastern Pennsylvania residents opposed to fracking claim it has left their well water non-potable, with allegedly dangerous quantities of methane. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO /LANDOV

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