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Sunday, May 4, 2014

fracking near streams

OHIOPYLE -- The strike was solid and distinctive as a fat and brightly colored rainbow trout attacked a Pheasant Tail nymph bouncing across the rocky bottom of the Youghiogheny River during a recent float trip through parts of Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.
The guided fishing adventure was part of a weekend-long Trout Unlimited media tour focused on potential impacts of shale gas extraction on trout fishing in Pennsylvania's Appalachian Mountains.
Beneath the Yough, far under the river's rocks -- as deep as a mile below the aquifer and layers of stratified stone -- a seam of Marcellus Shale is being tapped for natural gas. New technologies for horizontal drilling present great opportunity for the industry and local landowners, as well as reasonable concerns that the new boom in energy extraction could leave the region in the same damaged state as the last boom.

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