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02/28/2011 10:30 AM     print story email story  

Times Obtains Documents Showing Greater Risk From Hydraulic Fracturing News

The New York Times obtained documents from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers that show the environmental and health dangers posed by hydraulic fracturing are greater than previously understood.

For instance, wastewater from the drilling process is sometimes hauled to sewage plants that are not capable of properly treating the water. As a result, it is discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, still containing dangerously high levels of radioactive waste. 

Other documents reference unreleased reports prepared for the EPA and show the concern of EPA scientists over the safety of Pennsylvania drinking water, as a result of "fracking" practices. 

The Times also said it found never-reported studies by the E.P.A. and a confidential study by the drilling industry that all concluded that radioactivity in drilling waste cannot be fully diluted in rivers and other waterways.

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02/28/11 04:54 PM

I live in the Village of Avella Pa. Last Wenseday saw the drilling platform about 5,000 yards from my house, explode into flames, and thick smoke of toxic smoke belowed in to the evening sky. I had warned the pepole of the village about the dangers of fracking, but they chose the money over the safety. I have done a lot research into the companies and the safety records. Just in this area there has now been 2 fires, and numbers of spills 3 of which cause large fish kills. Gov. Coebett has let it be known that he is on the side of the drilling industry who gave 1 million dollars to him. We are in for a lot of trouble here in SW pennsylvania.

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