GUESTS: MARIE CUSICK & ABRAHM LUSTGARTEN.
The hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” process of drilling natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale has reportedly been getting a lot of foreign interest as a potential solution to global energy problems. In about five years the shale boom has changed the domestic energy economy, but there are reports the U.S. is considering exporting the gas beyond our shores. Meanwhile Governor Corbett has signed a bill into law allowing gas companies to combine, or ‘pool’ leases – many signed before the advent of fracking. We get an update on the local issues of Marcellus Shale drilling with State Impact Pennsylvania’s MARIE CUSICK and a broader look at natural gas extraction with ProPublica’s ABRAHM LUSTGARTEN.