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Real Life Real Issue -- Marcellus Shale impact fee

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 20, 2011 6:03 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, May 23:

Natural gas drilling beneath the Marcellus Shale affects the land under which the drilling and extraction takes place, but also the community that surrounds it. While much has been stated about the potential economic benefits of a company moving into town to drill for natural gas, according to local and county governments, gas drilling creates higher costs in infrastructure, law enforcement and environmental protection.

Gas companies cite efforts to work with local governments to mitigate such costs, but some would still like to see funds developed and designated for local communities to address this impact.

We'll explore the local impact of natural gas extraction beneath the Marcellus Shale as part of our continuing Real Life | Real Issues series for May.




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