There is a war brewing in the hills of central Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York. Half a mile underground, in the shale bedrock, are vast natural gas deposits worth an estimated one trillion dollars. An increasingly common drilling method called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" makes it feasible to extract the gas by pumping millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals down wells under high pressure.
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Photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart explores the human consequences of environmental contamination. His book on Chernobyl and Fukushima will be published by TED Books this fall.
Rothbart's photographs were included in FRACKING: Art and Activism Against the Drill, an exhibition at Exit Art (New York City).
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