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Fracking Hell: what it’s really like to live next to a shale gas well

Nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, constant drilling, slumping property prices – welcome to Ponder, Texas. Veronica Kronvall can, even now, remember how excited she felt about buying her house in 2007. It was the first home she had ever owned and, to celebrate, her aunt fitted out the kitchen in Kronvall’s favourite…

New study finds high levels of arsenic in groundwater near fracking sites

By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale. While the findings are far from conclusive, the study provides further evidence tying…

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