Watershed Moment In Marcellus Debate

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Lawmakers and natural gas industry representatives are meeting Monday in Charleston, W. Va., to discuss the future of drilling in the Marcellus shale region.

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which includes U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), called for the meeting to discuss the impact of hydraulic fracturing of gas wells, or “fracking,” on the natural environment.

Environmentalists and critics of the drilling industry argue that fracking, which blasts water, sand, and chemicals into the ground at high pressure, threatens drinking water supplies.  Industry representatives contest this claim.

Paul Rasmussen and Rose Ryan-Douglas talk with CBS correspondent Jim Krasula, who is covering the meeting, on the KDKA Afternoon News.  Krasula tells them what the meeting means for the future of the still-young Marcellus boom.

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  • Cancer4all

    If after this meeting FRACKING is allowed to continue, then you can be sure that the drilling industry is paying off the politicians.

  • A. Shehan

    Drilling gas will kill everyone involved

  • Mayor of GBD

    hahaha oh yea of little knowledge!

  • liz watkins

    I struggle with the belief that the rape and destruction of the land that is a by-product of fracking, is legalized crime. Why would we believe the same, irrational reassurances from the oil companies that are used by the coal companies? What will be the benefit of fossil fuel/energy when the toxicity of the water, air and land prohibit humans and animals from safe or healthy life in that region?

  • Marty Griffin

    Try running your computer with candle power, liz you idiot

  • Rich

    Since wind power is already competitive with coal power, & solar will be in about 7 years, I think I’ll stick with electricity for my computer. But I want to see the government stop subsidizing dead end dinosaur fossil fuel industries. BTW, Marty, I’d like to see you run your computer on natural gas.

  • Mayor of GBD

    Rich, the new power plant being built off I-70 near Smithton will be fired exclusively with natural gas from marsellus wells. So, stick that in your recepticle! Also, all the coal fired plants have natural gas scrubbers to clean the emissions. JACKPOT.

    Fracking has been around for over 100 years. Why all the fuss now?

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