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Radio Smart Talk: Gas drilling's impact on two PA towns

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 10, 2012 8:40 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, December 10:

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Since natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale exploded in Pennsylvania five years ago, hundreds of small boroughs and townships have felt the impact.  Jobs have been created, local businesses are making more money, and local governments are bringing in more tax revenue.  However, with more people to work the wells immigrating to these towns, crime rates and traffic have increased, apartment rents have tripled in many cases, and housing is hard to come by.

On Monday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll look at two small towns in northeastern Pennsylvania that have witnessed big changes since drilling began.

StateImpact PA reporter Scott Detrow joins us to focus on Towanda in Bradford County -- a county that has more wells than any other in Pennsylvania.  Towanda's experiences with gas drilling is typical of what many other areas have seen.

A second StateImpact PA reporter Susan Phillips reports from a diner in Montrose, Susquehanna County whose customers are both pro and anti-drilling.

StateImpact PA is a project that focuses on energy issues in Pennsylvania and is a collaboration between witf, WHYY in Philadelphia and NPR. 

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  • Jerry W. Stirkey img 2012-12-10 09:22

    I hope I NEVER hear the term, "Wet Gas", on 'Radio Smart Talk' ever again!

  • Lisa img 2012-12-10 09:28

    What I find frustrating is that all this fracking is supposed to make our country energy independent, but I keep hearing how we will be one of the largest energy exporting nations in the world with all the shale oil/natural gas. Why can't these companies keep it "slow and steady" and keep it domestic? It seems that would be the best sustainable energy plan for our nation. If you're going to destroy the local environment and the local economy, at least don't do it to make cheap energy for manufacturing competitors in China!

  • ray manlove img 2012-12-10 15:52

    I would encourage all readers of, all listeners of Radio Smart Talk and citizens across our state and across this great nation, to listen to a broadcast interview recorded at WPSU with Dr. Anthony Ingraffea that "Separates Marcellus Myth from Reality". Dr. Ingraffea ia a professor of engineering at Cornell University and has done research and development for the oil and gas industry for 25 years. The impact that runaway fracking, promoted and championed by Tom Corbett, is having on our natural resources is the greatest danger our Commonwealth has ever faced. Be informed, be proactive and help make a difference that will affect many many generations to come.

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