Studies show groundwater holding its own against drilling boom

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near the Bradford County township of Burlington. (AP)

HARRISBURG (AP) - New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas.

Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000 wells since arriving en masse in 2008, making Pennsylvania the nation's No. 2 gas-producing state after Texas.

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