1. FRACKING

    Penn. Report Left Out Poison in Water

    In this April 23, 2010 photo, a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site is seen near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County. So vast is the wealth of natural gas locked into dense rock deep beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio that some geologists estimate it's enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years. But freeing it requires a powerful drilling process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking,"using millions of gallons of water brewed with toxic chemicals that some fear threaten to pollute water above and below ground, deplete aquifers and perhaps endanger human health and the environment. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

    Ralph Wilson / AP Photo

    Officials in Pennsylvania reported on Friday that reports from a test of drinking water from a private well near a natural-gas extraction site were incomplete, leaving out data indicating the presence of toxic metals in the water. The scientist in charge of the tests claims that her lab tested for a variety of metals but only reported on those requested by the state government. The information was provided during a lawsuit charging that fracking and storing the resulting wastewater near the well had contaminated the drinking water and made at least seven people sick.

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