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Toledo Lifts Water Ban But Polluted Lake Still Worries Experts

Toledo Lifts Water Ban But Polluted Lake Still Worries Experts
A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, Toledo's mayor announced Monday. Ohio's fourth-largest city warned residents not to use city water early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed readings for microcystin above the standard for consumption, most likely from algae on the lake. Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency.
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After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger

After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger
Last month, Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. His death drew attention from around the globe in part because Mr. Greenwood was among the first farmers from his state to speak out against the gas industry during the early years of the state's shale gas rush.
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Why Was This a Problem? CO House Barely Passes Bill to Study Impact of Fracking on Human Health

Why Was This a Problem? CO House Barely Passes Bill to Study Impact of Fracking on Human Health
After hours of debate on Wednesday night, the Colorado House gave final passage to Fort Collins Rep. Joann Ginal’s HB 1297 on a near party-line vote Thursday. The controversial bill calls for a study of the impacts of Front Range oil-and-gas development on human health in six counties most impacted by fracking.
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Fracking in GW National Forest Threatens DC's Sole Source of Drinking Water

Fracking in GW National Forest Threatens DC's Sole Source of Drinking Water
An impending U.S. Forest Service decision on whether to allow fracking and horizontal drilling for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia is drawing warnings from environmental activists. Organizers of a recent meeting said that fracking in the forest "could threaten a range of resources — including the headwaters of the Potomac River, the D.C. area's major drinking water source."
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Texas Will Run Out of Water Before It Runs Out of Oil

Texas Will Run Out of Water Before It Runs Out of Oil
While fracking may contribute millions of dollars to the state fund every year, it's also using up millions of gallons of water — more water than the state of Texas has, according to some experts. If drought conditions continue, the state could be in big trouble if a long-term fix isn't figured out.
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