Gas Drilling Surges In Ohio; Brings Jobs, Worries

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By Julie Carr Smyth

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- After a childhood spent moving around, Patti Gorcheff vowed that she'd never uproot her daughter. But she says wastewater disposal in her area from an oil and gas drilling frenzy that's hit Ohio and other states has forced her to change her mind.

She and her husband are selling the family home and fleeing with their 15-year-old before the drinking water becomes contaminated, said Gorcheff, 56, of rural North Lima in northeastern Ohio. She's heard the accounts from neighboring Pennsylvania of contaminant-laced water being discharged into rivers - and of fears there that, despite officials' assurances, drinking water might be harmed.