Multiply that times dozens of companies and you have an industry that boasts, by its own accounting, to be worth $100 billion, creating tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, much as the energy industry claims will be the case with Appalachia's Marcellus Shale.
This whole complex came literally to our doorstep. It was installed 12 inches from our city limits. We had no control over it," Mr. Sciscoe said.
im Ruggiero was so mad when he first learned of Aruba contractors knocking down a fence and breaching his property that he fetched a shotgun -- then, thinking better of it, a camera instead -- from the house. Within weeks, a drill was erected in their yard. By Thanksgiving, Aruba was "fracking" -- pumping water and chemicals underground, at high pressure, to create millions of fractures in the mile-deep shale formation. By early 2010 they were done fracking and were installing condensate tanks and the two wellheads.Air samples taken the night that video was shot showed elevated levels of isobutane, and also benzene, a carcinogen. The air, she said, smelled like propane.