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W. Pa. wells had casing failures in complaint area

February 28, 2012 • Business


FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 file photo, Kimberlie McEvoy collects discolored well water as it comes from her kitchen sink at her home in Evans City, Pa. McEvoy and other residents say the water problems started about a year ago, after Rex Energy Corp. drilled two wells. At least two gas wells near her community developed casing problems during the drilling process, but neither Rex Energy Corp. nor state environmental regulators disclosed those problems during recent discussions about the contamination. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — At least two gas wells near a community that’s complained of sudden drinking water pollution developed casing problems during the drilling process, but neither Rex Energy Corp. nor state environmental regulators disclosed those problems during recent discussions about the contamination.

A cement well casing is meant to prevent natural gas or fluids from leaking into nearby aquifers during the drilling and hydrofracturing, or fracking, of wells.

There’s no proof that the casing problems — or reported environmental violations — at Rex drilling sites caused the water contamination for at least 10 Login to read more

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