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Real Life Real Issues -- your questions about Marcellus Shale gas drilling and water

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 13, 2011 6:41 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, May 16:

Researchers from Duke University released results of a study last week that found higher than normal amounts of methane gas in water wells located near Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New York.  The gas industry refuted the study saying that it only surveyed 86 sites that weren't at random.  The Duke study did not find fluids or chemicals used in the hydraulic fracking process that releases natural gas in well water.

It's just the latest salvo in the ever-growing controversy over what impact drilling has on the environment and specifically water supplies.

Monday's Radio Smart Talk will feature Dr. David Yoxtheimer, a hydrogeologist/extension associate with The Pennsylvania State University's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

Also, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is recommending some 50 changes to Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Act to strengthen state law regulating gas drilling.  We'll hear from that group as well. 


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