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RTDNA News Series Entry: Impact of PA Natural Gas Boom

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Feb 8, 2013 11:48 AM

StateImpact Pennsylvania is a collaborative project among witf in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and NPR to cover Pennsylvania’s booming energy economy. The initiative seeks to inform and engage the public on energy issues through data analysis, accountability reporting and well-crafted broadcast and digital narratives. WHYY and witf maintain complete editorial control over the content.

It's goal is to explain the state's complex Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling boom in Pennsylvania to listeners. In 2012, that meant breaking news about problems occurring at and near drilling sites, but also profiling the people who live in communities affected by drilling, and explaining how low natural gas prices would affect the economy.  witf's StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Scott Detrow compiled this series of stories:

Story 1:

A preliminary report found a deep injection well related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling caused several earthquakes in Ohio. witf's StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Scott Detrow looks at what role drilling in Pennsylvania may have played.

Story 2:

Governor Corbett says one of his main priorities is putting more natural-gas powered vehicles on Pennsylvania roads. As StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Scott Detrow reports, only a fraction of cars and trucks on the road right now run on the fuel.

Story 3: 

The natural gas drilling boom in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation has created all kinds of jobs. But witf's StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Scott Detrow came across one position that's pretty unique -- snake wrangler.  

Story 4: 

In June, witf's StateImpact Pennsylvania's Scott Detrow broke the news about a mysterious accident at a northern PA drilling site. When it became clear the problem had been caused by the intersection of a Marcellus Shale well and a gas well drilled in the 1930s, he decided to figure out how many other abandoned drilling sites were dotting the state. The answer: more than 200,000. 

Story 5:

The Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania has had an effect on many small communities. witf's StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Scott Detrow visits one of the towns that's been at the center of the  boom --Towanda, Bradford County.  

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