Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat

Vast deposits of natural gas have brought a drilling boom across much of the country, but the technique being used, called hydraulic fracturing, is suspected of causing hundreds of cases of water contamination. Now environmentalists and lawmakers are pushing for closer oversight of the gas industry, which is pushing back.

Underused Drilling Practices Could Avoid Pollution

Innovative industry "best practices" that may make it easier to exploit U.S. gas reserves with less water and air pollution are used inconsistently across the 31 states where natural gas is drilled. Rarely required by state or federal regulations, they are usually put in place only when drilling companies are forced to by cost or regulatory concerns.

Pa. Residents Sue Gas Driller for Contamination, Health Concerns

A federal suit by residents of Dimock, Pa., say Cabot Oil and Gas contaminated their water wells and sickened many of them. They seek a trust fund for medical costs and the end of drilling in the Marcellus Shale near their town.

Company Won't Drill in NYC Watershed

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