New case of benzene-contaminated drinking water linked to hydraulic fracturing in Texas

The Scoma family in the Barnett Shale area of Texas is suing Chesapeake Energy, claiming the company contaminated their drinking water with benzene and petroleum by-products after hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells near the Scoma home. The family reports that its drinking water sometimes runs an orange-yellow color, tastes bad and gives off a foul odor.

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Amy Mall

Senior Advocate, Dirty Energy, Lands Division, Nature Program

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