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A tale of two farms & fracking


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James E. Van Blarcom has grown his Sugar Branch Dairy Farm in Columbia Crossroads, Pa., five times over in four years because of proceeds from nine high-volume hydraulic fracturing wells on his farm. “I feel blessed. What are the odds of being alive and owning real estate now when this gas has been here 350 million years?” said Van Blarcom on the benefits of selling his mineral rights. Photo taken Dec. 5.

Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News

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