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Texas residents feel fracking boom … in their lungs

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KARNES CITY, Texas — When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor’s office in San Antonio she touches her inhaler to be sure it’s close.

About 40 miles down the road, flares trailing smoke appear. A yellow-brown haze can fill the horizon as Buehring, 58, passes into Karnes County, where she was born. Today, the ranch house she shares with husband Shelby, 66, is at the epicenter of one of the nation’s biggest oil and gas booms, with more than 50 wells within 2.5 miles.

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