Marcellus Shale’s play in PA: Politics, economics & environment

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Hour 2

A 3-part update on Pennsylvania’s burgeoning Marcellus Shale natural gas drillling industry: WHYY’s Harrisburg reporter SCOTT DETROW will update Marty on the role its playing in political campaigns, especially the race to replace Ed Rendell as governor, and what role shale drilling is playing in the Legislature, where a severance tax and forced pooling are some of the most contentious issues dividing Harrisburg. Then we’ll hear from TERI OOMS, executive director of the Scranton-based Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development, about the economic impact the industry is already having on the state (link to large pdf), as well as its potential. Finally, we’ll find out what we know and don’t yet know about the risks to environmental and public health from Dr. CONRAD DANIEL VOLZ, Director of the Center for Healthy Environments & Communities at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

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