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Six years on, Butler County community still without water

A community in western Pennsylvania says families are entering their sixth year without clean water and they blame gas drilling. About 50 people living in the rural Butler County community known as The Woodlands, 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, continue to rely on donated water, according to Lee Dreyer, pastor of the White Oak Springs [...]

Residents Fed Up with Bad Water Flee Shale Drilling Areas

A young girl holds a sign at a rally in Butler County.

Gas drilling has turned some quiet rural areas of Pennsylvania into growing industrial zones. Residents complain of increased truck traffic, bad air, and contaminated well water. Some of those residents have turned to activism. Others have filed lawsuits. But a growing number of Pennsylvania residents living near Marcellus Shale sites are also packing up their [...]

Butler County Residents Protest Loss of Water Deliveries

Kim McEvoy says she wakes up every morning thinking about water. “Where we’re getting the water, it’s like, how much water do you need today,” says McEvoy. “It’s on your mind all the time —  water, water, water.” To brush her teeth, she pours bottled tap water that her fiance brings home from work. To [...]

Well Casing Problems Preceded Drinking Water Pollution

The AP takes a look at well casing problems that preceded possible drinking water contamination in a western Pennsylvania community, and the fact the Department of Environmental Protection never publicized Rex Energy’s casing issues: At least two gas wells near a community that’s complained of sudden drinking water pollution developed casing problems during the drilling [...]

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