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Boom or Doom: The Faces of Fracking 

America's hydraulic fracturing gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation. Read "Fracking: Boom or Doom" by Denise Grollmus.

Photographs by Mark Hewko.
Mark Hewko
As Fred Mayer in Newark Valley, NY sees it, his water is already contaminated, and he could use his 17 percent cut of Fortunas drilling profits.
Mark Hewko
Kevin June a former resident of Riverdale park near Jersey Shore, PA. now lives in the Harvest Moon mobile home community. In February, he learned that Richard Leonard, who owns the Riverdale land, had sold it to Aqua America, which supplies fracking companies with water. Residents were ordered to vacate the park by the end of May. Some had lived there for more than 30 years.
Mark Hewko
As Fred Mayer in Newark Valley, NY sees it, his water is already contaminated, and he could use his 17 percent cut of Fortunas drilling profits.
Mark Hewko
James and Linda Nolte with Kevin June. Former inhabitants of Riverdale.
Mark Hewko
As Fred Mayer in Newark Valley, NY sees it, his water is already contaminated, and he could use his 17 percent cut of Fortunas drilling profits.
Mark Hewko
Scott and Denise Bliler with friends. Former inhabitants of Riverdale.
Mark Hewko
Kevin June a former resident of Riverdale park near Jersey Shore, PA. now lives in the Harvest Moon mobile home community. In February, he learned that Richard Leonard, who owns the Riverdale land, had sold it to Aqua America, which supplies fracking companies with water. Residents were ordered to vacate the park by the end of May. Some had lived there for more than 30 years.
Mark Hewko
Newark Valley, NY.
Mark Hewko
In a joint venture with Range Resources, Aqua America plans to spend $12 million turning the Riverdale land into a pump station, taking 3 million gallons of water a day from the Susquehanna River. Residents have written and called the company, but have yet to receive a single response. The only contact they had came when a Range security guard showed up to take photos of them setting up camp outside the trailer park.
Mark Hewko
In a joint venture with Range Resources, Aqua America plans to spend $12 million turning the Riverdale land into a pump station, taking 3 million gallons of water a day from the Susquehanna River. Residents have written and called the company, but have yet to receive a single response. The only contact they had came when a Range security guard showed up to take photos of them setting up camp outside the trailer park.
Mark Hewko
In a joint venture with Range Resources, Aqua America plans to spend $12 million turning the Riverdale land into a pump station, taking 3 million gallons of water a day from the Susquehanna River. Residents have written and called the company, but have yet to receive a single response. The only contact they had came when a Range security guard showed up to take photos of them setting up camp outside the trailer park.
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Mark Hewko
As Fred Mayer in Newark Valley, NY sees it, his water is already contaminated, and he could use his 17 percent cut of Fortunas drilling profits.
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