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Residents protest no-water decision

By Bob Downing Published: March 4, 2012

About 75 residents protested on Thursday in Butler, Pa., after an energy company said it would no longer provide replacement water to some residents.

The residents of The Woodslands, a rural community in southern Butler County about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, picketed outside the offices of Rex Energy Inc.

The company, based in State College, Pa., had provided about a dozen families with 800-gallon plastic tanks and filled them regularly for a year.

But the company drained and removed the tanks, citing a series of test results that fail to establish a link between drilling and water problems in Connoquenessing Township.

The state Department of Environmental Protection began tests in early 2011, but couldn't link contamination to the Rex drilling, officials said.

A grass-roots group, Marcellus Outreach Butler, wants the tests redone. That group and Protecting Our Waters, a Philadelphia-based eco-group, want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to intervene and to provide drinking water.

Residents say their water problems began after the drilling got under way.




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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.