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Top 10 stories of 2013: A high-profile lawsuit, plus water use and fracking

As we close in on our top ten web stories of 2013, today’s post features an infographic about water use and hydraulic fracturing, and a western Pennsylvania lawsuit that got global attention.

4. How much water does it take to frack a well?
water and fracking

Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

3. Drilling companies agree to settle fracking contamination case for $750,000

In March, a Washington County court ordered records unsealed in a high-profile contamination lawsuit.

The Hallowich family sued the gas drillers after they say nearby drilling activity, including compressor stations, made their children sick. The mother, Stephanie Hallowich became an outspoken critic of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. But the final settlement imposed a strict gag order on the Hallowich family, as well as the gas drilling companies. The Hallowich family has since moved from their home.

Range Resources, MarkWest Energy and Williams Gas agreed to settle for  for $750,000.

 

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