Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thursday 9 a.m. WITF Radio SmartTalk: Regulating Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Extraction

There’s gold in them thar hills! Well, okay, not gold, but natural gas has become a cash cow for some citizens of Pennsylvania, who are leasing their land to companies drilling deep below Marcellus Shale formations and collecting the natural gas trapped underneath.
There are, however, a number of concerns about the environmental effects of the drilling procedure known as hydrofracturing. There’s compelling financial incentive for the state to allow this drilling to continue, but recent incidents and a new documentary have cast further doubts on the safety of this “fracking” process.
We’ll discuss the findings of a Pennsylvania Environmental Council report, and consider what regulations are – or should be – in place to ensure safe extraction of natural gas.
Tune into WITF 89.5 in Central PA or Click Here to listen online.

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