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Human costs of fracking
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Seeing is believing. The legal setback distance of a deep horizontal hydraulic fracturing well pad in Ohio is 100 feet. In April 2013, I photographed this drilling rig (NOMAC #73) in Carroll County, near Kilgore, drilling one of six wells on a single pad above a farmhouse. Well pads in Ohio are placed on hilltops, often leveling the tops of sacred Indian mounts (such as the Bond well pad did farther south). This photograph (or variants of it I also took from other angles) has been published in 2013 by The Bent and by the Union of Concerned Scientists (as a cover to this 2013 report, and another image I took of it from a different angle was the cover for this 2015 report). Most recently, it was published in the February 15, 2016 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

This gallery contains images of a flammable oil train passing near apartment complexes in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago and the tar sands cokers of the BP Whiting refinery in Indiana looming over the houses of nearby Marktown - two of three of my images published in this 2015 NPR story. Also included are images I took in the Bakken shale outside of Williston, ND in 2013 and 2015, as well as pipelines being trenched and compressor stations near other homes. Note also the high school team practicing less than a hundred yards away from a Class II injection well for the injection of highly saline brine (fracking wastewater including toxic chemicals and naturally occuring radioactive materials). All images copyright Trudy E. Bell
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