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    How much water does 4.1 million dollars buy?

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has abandoned its effort to force a Houston-based drilling company to extend a public water line to residents whose well water the company contaminated with methane gas.  The line would have cost 12 million dollars.

    Instead, the company will shell out just over 4 million dollars to the 19 affected homes and will pay to install whole-house gas mitigation systems in the houses.  Each family will get an amount equal to twice their home value, and none will get less than 50 thousand dollars.

    Susan Phillips will have more on this story this afternoon on All Things Considered.

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