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STF: Is it frac or frack? It depends on who you talk to; Gay lawmaker loses but wins; legislator gift ban

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 29, 2014 2:36 PM

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Pennsylvanians have heard the word "frack" often since natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale took off in the state six years ago.  Or have they heard the word "frac," spelled without the K?  It depends on who you talk to.

Both words are derived from the term hydraulic fracturing -- the process used to free gas from shale rock. 

However, frack or frac means one thing to those in the industry and another to outsiders, especially those who believe it harms the environment or causes health problems.

WITF's State Impact Pennsylvania reporter Marie Cusick recently investigated the fracking controversy and explains what she found on Smart Talk Friday.

Also, State Representative Mike Fleck, the state's first openly gay lawmaker, lost his Republican primary battle last week, but it has been determined that he won the Democratic primary so he will be on the ballot this fall.  WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson talks with Rep. Fleck.

State government reformers want a total gift ban for government officials, including legislators.  One of the activist -- Eric Epstein of the group Rock the Capitol appears on Smart Talk Friday to tell us why.

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  • Lisa img 2014-05-30 08:46

    You've forgotten the Yosemite Sam usage: "rassin', frackin',..."

    And that would appear to be a very good definition, too!

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