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18 September 2015
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Farmers say land hit by oil and gas drilling by-product spills.

US farmers say the side effects of oil and gas production have worsened with the past decade's drilling boom.

Wastewater, a salty by-product of drilling, has fouled their land, killed wildlife, and threatened freshwater supplies.

Cattle ranchers Carl and Justin Johnson have complained for years about spills of oilfield wastewater which have left their land tainted and ruined in the US state of New Mexico.

Their plight illustrates a side effect of oil and gas production that has worsened with the past decade's drilling boom - spills of wastewater that foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies.

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