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Fracking Fizzles in Wayne County

  1. Bob Rutledge
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    Bob Rutledge

    In 2008, as the economy was entering recession, parts of rural Pennsylvania were booming. Energy companies were using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to tap the natural gas reserves of the Marcellus Shale underlying much of the state. In Wayne County, these corporations offered struggling farmers lucrative leases for mineral rights.

    Bob Rutledge, whose family has been in Wayne County since the 1840s, owns a money-losing cattle farm. Photographs by Adam Golfer for Bloomberg Businessweek

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  2. Signs of a Boom
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    Signs of a Boom

    Real estate signs piled against a wall in Tim Meagher's office in Honesdale.

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  3. Lackawaxen River
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    Lackawaxen River

    The Lackawaxen River runs through the center of Honesdale and flows into the Delaware River.

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  4. Roadside Dissent
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    Roadside Dissent

    An anti-fracking sign on the side of the road in Wayne County.

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  5. Honesdale
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    Honesdale

    Honesdale, founded in 1826, was named after former New York Mayor Philip Hone, head of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co.

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  6. Dale Teeple
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    Dale Teeple

    Dale Teeple on his farm in Wayne County. He leased three acres to Newfield Appalachia to build a test well for fracking.

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  7. Mike Uretsky
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    Mike Uretsky

    Mike Uretsky, retired New York University professor and resident of Damascus. As a member of the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance, he has been an advocate for fracking of the Marcellus Shale in Wayne County.

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  8. Test Well
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    Test Well

    A closed natural gas test well. The first in Wayne County, it was completed in 2010, just before the drilling moratorium.

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  9. Well Site
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    Well Site

    Site of the closed test well completed by Newfield Appalachia in July 2010. The well, built on Dale Teeple's property, was the first of its kind in Wayne County. The Delaware River Basin Commission has imposed a moratorium on drilling while it studies the environmental impact.

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  10. Cattle
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    Cattle

    Dale Teeple's farm in Wayne County.

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