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.READ MORE: Barrel And Flow Fest Calls For Boycott Of Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh, Alleges Racism
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.READ MORE: Clairton Football Team Deals With Fallout Of Recent Violence
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.MORE NEWS: Balloon Release Held For Steven Eason, The 15-Year-Old Central Catholic Student Shot And Killed At Haunted Hills Hayride
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