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Water Mess in PA



Photo: Reuters

We've heard it all before, but here's another story from Reuters on some of the ill effects Pennsylvania residents are experiencing due to gas drilling in the area.  I've heard similar stories here in Arkansas, but with all that's gone on in the legislature this session, it looks like protecting citizens, and their water, isn't a very high priority.

When her children started missing school because of persistent diarrhea and vomiting, Pat Farnelli began to wonder if she and her family were suffering from more than just a classroom bug.

After trying several remedies, she stopped using the water drawn from her well in this rural corner of northeastern Pennsylvania, the forefront of a drilling boom in what may be the biggest U.S. reserve of natural gas.

"I was getting excruciating stomach cramps after drinking the water," Farnelli said in an interview at her farmhouse, cluttered as a home with eight children would be, while her husband, a night cook at a truck stop, slept on the couch.

"It felt like an appendicitis attack."

The family, which is poor enough to qualify for government food stamps, began buying bottled water for drinking and cooking. Their illnesses finally ended, and Farnelli found something to blame: natural gas drilling in the township of 1,400 people. 

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