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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Tamarack Swamp, located near Bear Lake is a registered National Natural Landmark.

Bear Lake Residents Protest Proposed Waste Dumping Site

It's usually quiet in the Warren County town of Bear Lake, but not anymore.  Residents are upset with an energy company that wants to truck-in waste water from fracking operations in the Marcellus Shale.  The liquid, which residents believe is hazardous, would be stored in two old gas wells outside of town.

"I think they tried to pull a sneakie on us. They thought there was a bunch of stumblebums lived up here," said Tom Stroup.
The EPA must approve the project. Residents say the gas wells are over 30 years old and the frack water would certainly leak.  They're afraid the soil, air, and water for miles around could become contaminated. One protester, Bill Peiffer, can't believe the EPA would even consider such a plan.
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