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Couple with Bottled Drinking Water Man Attempting to Drink Contaminated Water
Families have to rely on bottled water when their wells are contaminated. The water in the glass on right came from a contaminated well. In addition to methane and total dissolved solids, laboratory tests showed the presence of acetone, aluminum, arsenic, barium, beryllium, bromodichloromethane, butylbenzylphthalate, calcium, chloride, cobalt, copper, dibromochloromethane, ethane, lead, lithium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, silicon, sodium, strontium, sulfate, thoramium 232, uranium 235/236, uranium 238 and zinc.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found the gas company had violated the state’s Clean Streams Law and rules and regulations by discharging polluting substances without a permit, and by failing to prevent gas from entering groundwater. The gas company was ordered to install methane detectors in the homes and to provide the families with uncontaminated drinking water.

It took more than four years for the affected families to reach a settlement with the gas company.

Blue Fluid Leaching into nearby stream Stream Contaminated with Red Fluid

Fracking related chemical spills. These pictures were supplied by West Virginia Host Farms, a volunteer collaboration between concerned landowners who have been adversely affected by Marcellus shale drilling on or near their properties. The picture on the left is a site in Harrison County (WV) where the driller was later cited for building a wellpad in a wetlands. The picture on the rights shows Buckeye Creek after a spill.

Pipeline Construction Next to Residence 01 Pipeline Construction Next to Residence 02

These pipelines are in Pennsylvania. The industry plans to build at least three new interstate pipelines that will pass through New York State. The companies that build the pipelines will be able to take property using “eminent domain” even if the property owner doesn’t want to sell.

Photo credits: Pennsylvania Couple, construction site, Les Stone. “Drinking” tainted water, Julie Sautner. Chemical Seep, wvhostfarms.org. Contaminated stream, Louanne McConnell Fatora. Pipeline near farmhouse, John Trallo.