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There is also the very real possibility of groundwater contamination in the event of a cracked well casing. In addition the millions of gallons of groundwater used in the process could result in lowering of the water table requiring private well owners to install new wells to a deeper aquifer. The ramifications of extracting natural gas are greater than the benefits. Should the groundwater supply become contaminated it could have severe consequences for thousands of people, as many municipal water systems withdraw from the same aquifers as many private wells,

Yes, Cheryl. Indeed, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, improper or poorly installed well casings often lead to water contamination.

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