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'Fracking' brings prosperity, problems to Pennsylvania
'Fracking' brings prosperity, problems to Pennsylvania

Times are good these days at the Linde Corp., where despite a sluggish economy nationally, the company is on a hiring binge. The construction company, based near Wilkes-Barre in northeastern Pennsylvania, has seen its workforce nearly triple over the past five years as it switched from helping to build big-box stores to laying miles of natural gas pipelines connecting hundreds of gas wells drilled in the rolling rural terrain here in Susquehanna County. "It has completely changed the complexion and future of the company," Linde spokesman Kevin Lynn said of the natural gas boom that has transformed the region. So bright has gas made the company's prospects that it...

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