Extensive Reporting by National Geographic
"It’s ruined our lives."
"It’s ruined our plans that we had for the kids."
"It’s ruined what we thought was
our perfect ten acres."
The Hallowich Family - Washington County
A Dream Dashed by the Rush on Gas
Forcing Gas Out of Rock With Water
Breaking Fuel From the Rock
A Drive For New Jobs Through Energy
Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park
Parks, Forests Eyed for the Fuel Beneath
The Hallowich Property
A Changed Environment
University of Pittsburgh environmental researcher Conrad Dan Volz, whose center, along with the University of Washington, Seattle, is researching the Hallowiches’ case as part of a larger study on the industry impact, believes the Marcellus air pollution risk is largely being overlooked. Air pollution is one of Volz’s areas of focus in a $1.8 million, three-year project funded by the Heinz Endowments, which includes the launch of a web site called FracTracker, to be used by citizens, community groups, government agencies, and public health officials. Information, he says, has been as dispersed as the industry. “If any new industry moved into an area and essentially wanted to build a factory, they would have to submit all these environmental plans,” he says. “This industry, because it’s more diffuse over such a large geographic area, has avoided getting that kind of scrutiny. The [federal] Clean Air Act is very much devised to regulate the largest industrial processors, not necessarily an industrial process spread through an entire region.”
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