September 7th, 2010
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Mark and Linda Wilfong are hardly alone in their dealings with flammable tap water. Sarah Hoye and Steve Hargreaves report from Dimock, Pennsylvania on the side effects of "fracking" - a hydraulic fracturing technique that's being used to access underground stores of natural gas.

Dimock, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Bill Ely walked into his chicken coop with an empty five-gallon water jug.

The jug, punched with several finger-sized holes near the top to keep it from overflowing, was capped with a white plastic pipe. Using a garden hose fed from his water well, he filled the jug.

Leaning over the contraption, he flicked his yellow lighter above the pipe, and a blue flame appeared.

"I knew it [the water] went bad because we could light it," Ely said.

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  1. louis

    I'm watching your debate on 'fracking' and in our county they are emplacing natural gas. The station is being built literally next to an Elementary school. this a rural area in Fort mitchell, AL. There is supposed to be a town Hall meeting tomorrow night. After the recent explosion and now studies of contaminated water along with the growth of the area, I am really concerned as well as others.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  2. jdavenport

    If the gas company is not concerned with preventing this leakage, it seems to me they have vacated their exclusive contract to the resource. Tap into it.

    September 8, 2010 at 8:47 am | Reply
  3. TAMMY!

    Sucks for them

    September 8, 2010 at 3:02 am | Reply
  4. Darren

    Not saying Encana is the culprit, but figure out who the company that surrounds your land is.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  5. Darren

    JUST SUE ENCANA OR THE NATTY GAS COMPANY WHO SURROUND YOU. THEY LOVE TO PAY OUT THE CLAIMS AND RELOCATE. JUST KEEP YOU MOUTH SHUT.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Reply

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