View of a sign beside farmland and rolling hills seen from State Route 2096 in Hop Bottom, PA. The quiet borough (population 333) and adjoining townships (combined pop. 2000) have become much busier since 2008 due to the advent of natural gas drilling in the region.
Hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is new method of drilling for natural gas: millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are pumped down a well under high pressure. The pressure fractures...more »
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