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Water Buffaloes To Stay

Two families in Franklin Forks, Pennsylvania can keep their gas industry provided water buffaloes.
Two families in Franklin Forks, Pennsylvania can keep their gas industry provided water buffaloes.

The 1,100 gallon plastic jugs have been helping to supply water to the Hadlick and Manning families along Route 29 for more than a year and a half. The families claim that fracking in the area contaminated their wells.

However, a long investigation by the State's Department of Environmental Protection showed that fracking did not pollute the wells. After the finding, a judge said that WPX Energy could remove its buffaloes. However, WPX has now decided to leave them in place.

A spokeswoman says someone has to take a leadership role, especially with fractivists in New York State influencing the two families and trying to create a hysteria around fracking in the region. WPX has offered to help put the families water wells back online, although the families have declined that offer.
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