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New case of benzene-contaminated drinking water linked to hydraulic fracturing in Texas

Amy Mall

Posted June 19, 2010 in Health and the Environment

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The Scoma family in the Barnett Shale area of Texas is suing Chesapeake Energy, claiming the company contaminated their drinking water with benzene and petroleum by-products after hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells near the Scoma home. The family reports that its drinking water sometimes runs an orange-yellow color, tastes bad and gives off a foul odor.

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