From: Jon Hurdle, Reuters
Published August 27, 2009 04:51 PM

U.S. finds water polluted near gas-drilling sites

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - U.S. government scientists have for the first time found chemical contaminants in drinking water wells near natural gas drilling operations, fueling concern that a gas-extraction technique is endangering the health of people who live close to drilling rigs.

The Environmental Protection Agency found chemicals that researchers say may cause illnesses including cancer, kidney failure, anemia and fertility problems in water from 11 of 39 wells tested around the Wyoming town of Pavillion in March and May this year.

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The report issued this month did not reach a conclusion about the cause of contamination but named gas drilling as a potential source.

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