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Special report: The Front Lines of Fracking

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Jim Van Blarcom, who has nine natural gas gas wells on his farm, has expanded his business fivefold since 2009, erecting a new barn and investing in hog farming. Photo by Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News.


The Front Lines of Fracking is a Buffalo News special report that looks at the potential for fracking in New York’s Southern Tier and the benefits and pitfalls that come with it. The three-part series examines how fracking is changing communities in neighboring states and how residents are trying to adapt.

Part One (May 11): Fracking has been a boon for Pennsylvania, but its economic benefits aren’t as big as claimed.

Part Two (May 18): Despite many anecdotal concerns about environmental and health risks, the science is inconclusive.

Part Three (coming May 19): The fracking industry transformed Youngstown, Ohio, almost overnight.

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