When Stacy Long learned in 2013 that a drilling company planned to dump its wastewater into an abandoned gas well two and a half miles from her house, she knew nothing about fracking, had never protested anything, and her legal knowledge amounted to zilch. Her family’s roots in the township go back four generations. Her mother, retired school teacher Judy Wanchisn, lives a mile away. Neither woman was thrilled about Pennsylvania General Energy’s plan to pump millions of gallons of water and toxic solvents into the well. They worried that the wastewater would leach into Little Mahoning Creek, the source of Grant’s pristine drinking water. At first, no one paid Stacy Long and her mother much mind. But three and a half years later, PGE’s project is still tied up in the courts.
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