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This Medieval Well May Be Both Blessed and Cursed

Archaeologists think they've found St. Anne's Well near Liverpool

(Newser) - In medieval times, pilgrims flocked to England in quest of St. Anne's Well, which was said to cure ailments and wash away sins. Archaeologists now say they've rediscovered that large sandstone well on a private farm near Liverpool using only a 1983 photo and a description, reports the... More »

Boy Searching for Lost Dog Tumbles Down 23-Foot Hole

The dog was down there, too, but Mississippi rescuers got them both out

(Newser) - Little Gabe Allbritton was with his grandmother yesterday just outside Brookhaven, Miss., when family members think he heard something he had been waiting to hear for days: the sound of his missing dog, the Clarion-Ledger reports. But when he turned to follow the sound, he suddenly disappeared, falling down a... More »

Drought Drying Up Home Wells

Families forced to adapt in a hurry

(Newser) - If you rely on well water and live in the Midwest, hopefully you're not too attached to the idea of showering. The drought pummeling the nation has been drying up a lot of private wells, the New York Times reports, forcing rural homeowners to either take the not-exactly-cheap step... More »

Foes of 'Fracking' Disclosure Rake In Gas Industry Dollars

Lawmakers oppose proposal requiring drillers to list chemicals

(Newser) - Seems like a reasonable enough request: Nearly 50 members of Congress want drilling companies to disclose what kind of chemicals they use to "frack" gas wells on federal land. Worried that toxins will leach into groundwater during the practice known as hydraulic fracturing, they've asked the Interior Department to... More »

Toxin Plagues Brockovich Town, Again

Cancer-causing material spreads through wells

(Newser) - A toxic plume of chromium continues to trouble the California desert town that Erin Brockovich put on the map—and the pollution is getting worse, reports the AP . High levels of the material, which can cause cancer, have spread through wells near Hinkley. “Because of the widespread nature of... More »

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