Denton, TX — Gas well drilling once seemed a lush windfall for tiny but rapidly growing rural communities in parts of North Texas.
Today, it's a growing source of fear, pain and outrage in some communities caught unprepared for controlling the where and when of drilling and production of the Barnett Shale fields and some of the unpleasant byproducts.
An ongoing series in the Denton Record-Chronicle shows some families reporting mysterious illnesses in the months and years since the drilling of nearby gas wells.
Other families are choosing to leave the area rather than risk the costs of staying in what they see as an increasingly unattractive, perhaps unsafe environment.
One is that of former Dish mayor Calvin Tillman, who moved after fighting for reform in drilling practices.
Information from: Denton Record-Chronicle, http://www.dentonrc.com