One Pennsylvania Town Shows How to Properly ‘Zone’ Fracking

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A soybean field lies in front of a natural gas drilling rig Sept. 8, 2012 in Fairfield Township, Pennsylvania. Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images Pennsylvania is home to more than 10,000 fracking wells, which forces communities to live with air pollution , water contamination and an array of health problems linked to drilling. The frackers want to drill more wells, and the state’s Democratic governor is not going to do anything to slow it down. But local communities are finding ways to fight back—and win. The latest good news comes from Oakmont Borough, a small suburb of Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River. Residents there have waged a years-long battle against the fracking industry, which has been making a determined push into Allegheny County. Fracking is a Desperate Industry Looking for New Profits Here’s why these companies are so eager to drill more wells: The fracking industry has problems turning a profit. The only way out for these financially stretched corporations is to double down—and that means moving to areas of the state that aren’t as heavily fracked as some parts of western Pennsylvania. Residents in Allegheny County have seen the havoc that fracking has created elsewhere, and they are […]

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