How a Small Town Is Standing Up to Fracking
Photo: Mike Belleme for Rolling Stone. Stacy Long, on her property in Grant Township (right), has been fighting to stop her town from being used as a toxic waste dump.
Article by Justin Nobel
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Grant Township, Pennsylvania, population 741, has became the front line of a radical new environmental movement – and they're not backing down
"Oil-and-gas companies in Pennsylvania once delivered fracking wastewater to sewage-treatment plants. But in the summer of 2008, residents began noticing that their water had developed a funny taste and their dishwashers were malfunctioning. A steel plant reported the water was corroding its machinery. Last year, the EPA banned the practice. The majority of fracking wastewater produced in Pennsylvania is now treated in industrial facilities and reused in fracking wells. Eventually, the mixture becomes too toxic to handle, at which point it is pumped into an injection well. In 2011, a well operated by EXCO Resources oozed waste for four months into a remote forest in central Pennsylvania. A landmark study published last year in Environmental Science & Technology, co-authored by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, determined that a West Virginia injection-well site was 'impacting the stream that runs through the area.' USGS studies have also linked injection to earthquakes in Ohio, Arkansas and Oklahoma."