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The Columbus Dispatch

Is there enough water for 'fracking' boom?

Some land owners, groups worry that drilling for oil and gas will drain Ohio wells, reservoirs
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Dispatch Special Report

CARROLLTON, Ohio — A deep, constant hum emanates from John and Elizabeth Neider’s dairy and sheep farm. Depending on whom you ask, it’s either the sound of progress or a harbinger of environmental disaster. The hum is created by a cluster of powerful pumps forcing millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into six deep wells. As much as 5 million gallons of water per well are needed to shatter the Utica shale and release the natural gas and oil trapped thousands of feet underground...

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