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You Have to See It to Believe It: What It's Like to Have Fracking in Your Backyard

Residents in industry-friendly West Virginia share their experiences, photos and videos.

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A moratorium on fracking in West Virginia seems a long way off, but as Wade said, "People think they can't do nothing against big money. And some are gaining from it -- they're trading their livelihoods and their health and everything else for it. They're too damn blinded by the money to see it. I prefer to be poor and have clean air and clear water. You sacrifice something for a little gain and you really need to ask yourself: is it worth it?"

Tara Lohan is a freelance writer and former senior editor at AlterNet. She is the editor of two books on the global water crisis, including Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource. Follow her on Twitter @TaraLohan or visit her website, taralohan.com.

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