After oil and gas extraction arrived in southwest Pennsylvania, a massive fill kill occurred.
In late August 2009, dead fish began washing up in Dunkard Creek, a small river that runs through West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. During the next month about 22,000 fish washed ashore (some estimates say as many as 65,000 died). At least 14 species of freshwater mussels – the river’s entire population – were destroyed, wiping out nearly every aquatic species along a 35-mile stretch of the waterway.
“That’s the ultimate tragedy,” says Frank Jernejcic, a fisheries
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