Communities raise health concerns amid gas drilling

02/25/2009 | Reuters

Energy companies around Pennsylvania and surrounding states are working furiously to tap into reserves of Marcellus Shale, which some geologists say could offer enough recoverable gas to meet the country's needs for at least a decade. But communities have complained about the noise of drills and compressors, heavy truck traffic and air pollution from flaring or escaping gas, and they worry that fluid from the sites may escape, releasing carcinogenic chemicals.

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