Water On Fire: When Fracking Goes Wrong

Abby Zimet

In one of the first cases undeniably linking methane contamination to natural gas drilling, Sherry Vargson's tap water in northern Pennsylvania comes out so toxic she can light it on fire. The Wall Street Journal is careful to quote companies arguing that flawed drilling, not the specific act of fracking, causes the (admittedly troublesome) methane leaks and "we're doing everything we can to make it safe." Tell it to the Vargson family, who've had to give up their dairy farm.


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