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Crossing paths: Area farmers fear risks from 2 gas pipeline proposals

It’s a long way from a sea of natural gas wells scattered through Pennsylvania’s Bradford County to Libby Reilly’s organic farm off Clarks Chapel Road in Nassau. And it is even longer from her farm, where about two dozen beef cows graze in grassy fields, to remote cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

But these far-flung places share something in common — they are in the path of a natural gas boom fueled by hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. While New York decided last December against allowing hydrofracking in its Southern Tier piece of the multistate, gas-rich Marcellus Shale, and opponents celebrated, the Pennsylvania boom is still reverberating here.

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