Monday, July 26, 2010

PA Drinking Water An Issue In Marcellus Shale Debate

July 23, 2010 - Drinking water is one of the biggest concerns for people in the debate over Marcellus Shale drilling.

Bill Eakin, of Avella, says his once-pristine well water is now contaminated and that it has killed his garden and made him and his wife Shirley ill.

He blames the Atlas Energy Company which has been drilling for natural gas close by for the past two years.

"Oh, I know because me and my wife have been itchy all the time," he said. "Before when we drank it we had diarrhea and had rashes everything," he said.

Bill is not alone. More than 1,200 people crammed into a federal EPA hearing. Many are accusing the drilling company of contaminating ground water and the waterways.

Opponents want a moratorium on the mining of the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale which lies about a mile below the ground.


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