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Radio Smart Talk for Monday, December 10:
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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