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Paper's investigation reveals contaminated drinking water

Oil barrelIn July 2007, the Fayetteville, N.C., City Council learned about a neighborhood's 20-year fight over gasoline contamination in private drinking wells. The revelation led The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer to ask: What else lies beneath?

In an award-winning investigation, the newspaper found dozens of areas with groundwater contamination, including entire neighborhoods. Although public health officials had known about the contamination for years, little had ever been done. Here, one of the reporters details how they uncovered the story and what they learned about contaminated water wells.

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