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Natural Gas Politics

by Abrahm Lustgarten – originally published at ProPublica 5-26-09 – Four years after Vice President Dick Cheney spearheaded a massive energy bill that exempted natural gas drilling from federal clean water laws, Congress is having second thoughts about the environmental dangers posed by the burgeoning industry. With growing evidence that the drilling can damage water…

Officials in Three States Pin Water Woes on Gas Drilling

by Abrahm Lustgarten originally published by ProPublica 4-23-09 Norma Fiorentino’s drinking water well was a time bomb. For weeks, workers in her small northeastern Pennsylvania town had been plumbing natural gas deposits from a drilling rig a few hundred yards away. They cracked the earth and pumped in fluids to force the gas out. Somehow,…